About Project

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Degree Scope // Umeå Institute of Design

All people need to communicate – but not all people have the same preconditions. Some are limited in their ability to speak, read and write, for example, people with severe learning difficulties.

Enhancing Communication by introducing technology

How to use and interact a computer to improve the learning and communication situation for children with special needs?

Find out the interaction needs and possibilities for these kids. Kids have a holistic approach on their everyday situation. How can we translate their way of thinking into a digital environment?

How can we give them tools to focus on the things that are important for their communication and to improve their possibilities to communicate and learn?

How can important things stand out to be possible to choose?

How to make categories from a child’s point of view?

The interaction should be as intuitive as possible for them and in a playful environment. Give motivation to communicate and learn.


Kids with Down syndrome, autism and similar diagnoses, in the age of 5-8 with a lower
cognitive level.


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