User Observations in Stockholm

During the week of February 2nd -8th I went down to Stockholm for some user observations and shadowing accompanied by a colleague and two people from the Research department here at the school.

We went to a number of locations as listed below:

  • Hemmesta Särskola, in Gustavsberg: A school for children with special needs
  • Skytteholmskolan, in Solna: A school that focus’s on integration and has a mixture of disabled students and non-disabled
  • Dagis i Hemmesta, in Gustavsberg : A Daycare
  • Klara Mera, in Södermalm: a showroom setup with different technologies and ideas that you can use in an apartment to promote independance amongst disabled adults
  • Idétorget, in Södermalm: An Assistive technologies showroom setup so that you can test and ask for recommendations of which devices and computer programs are available and interesting to use for your child’s specific needs
  • Tecken Hatten: a disabled materials and game publishing company run by a pair of mothers with children that have Downs Syndrome.
  • Handikapp Habilitering, in Nacka : A rehabilitation center that works with disabled kids and their resource person to teach techniques on how to work on learning and having fun using a variety of methods such as games and singing.
  • Tobii Technologies: A technology company that has recently released an eye-tracking system that opens up interesting new ways of interacting with a computer.
Playing a counting game with wooden boards

Playing a counting game with wooden boards

We mostly used a “fly on the wall” technique trying not to interfere with the teachers and their sessions with the children and in some cases we were able to interview the teachers or care-givers one on one afterwards.

In total we met a mixture of speech therapists, assitive technology producers, game developers, special education teachers, psychologists and parents.

This is a device that is used to playback audio related to symbols on printed cards

This is a device that is used to playback audio related to symbols on printed cards

Working with a daily schedule

Working with a daily schedule

A visual phone for people with cognitive disabilities

A visual phone for people with cognitive disabilities

Assitive recording devices to record and playback audio messages

Assistive recording devices to record and playback audio messages

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~ by fighterfish on February 9, 2009.

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