Playful interactive mirroring to support bonding between parents and children with down syndrome

Stefan Manojlovic, Laurens Boer, Paula Sterkenburg

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Abstract

This paper presents the ongoing design research and preliminary results in the field of family-centered healthcare, in particular directed to families with children at the age of 0-2 years with Down Syndrome. A central concern of these families is parent-child bonding, as bonding is often disrupted due to a lack of feedback from infants. We designed for parent-child bonding following a multi-stakeholder inquiry, in our case a family, a developmental and child psychologist, a physiotherapist specialized in child-care, and a family therapist. Based on an inquiry we argue that parentchild bonding can be supported through playful interactive mirroring. We designed a prototype to promote mirroring through multimodal stimuli, such as light and sound. As a first evaluated prototype resulted in enthusiasm and a sense of pride for the parents, we propose further explorations on the notion of playful interactive mirroring and future studies with the designed platform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2016 - The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages548-553
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343138
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
Event15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2016 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period21/06/1624/06/16

Keywords

  • Interaction design with children with down syndrome

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