Interaction — Building Social Skills via Trust for Autistic Users
The aim of this project was to build an application that would allow young adults with mild autism, such as Asperger’s, to build their social interaction skills. Even adults with only mild autism can have impaired social interaction skills. Interaction allows users to play social interaction activities with other users in real-time, such as a Chat Window or an Emotion Recognition activity. By building trust and their social skills through their comfort area of IT, their social interaction skills will improve.
The aim of Interaction was to allow high-functioning autistic users to play Interaction Activities with one another, thus developing their social interaction skills. User Testing was overwhelmingly positive; most issues cited were small technical ones or minor issues of clarity. Users felt the Interaction Activities showed real potential, even beyond the target user group. While the application had technical issues due to using both PHP and Node.JS that were solved, as well as necessitating compromises by cutting the number of Activities implemented, the findings speak strongly of the application’s goals for its target user group, and speaks positively of future development for Interaction.