The period in which we can recruit new families into the Click-East trial is coming to an end in January 2013 so my big priority right now is to see as many families as I possibly can.
People reading this blog and those I work with would be forgiven for thinking that I haven’t really been doing anything on the Click-East trial lately. However it is ticking over smoothly in the background, though there has been a recent dip in recruitment.
This blog post is to announce a one-off event being held at the University of Edinburgh in September 2012. The event has secured funding from the University’s Challenge Investment Fund, and it aims to bring together people from different backgrounds who share an interest in providing technology-based solutions to the difficulties faced by people with autism spectrum disorders, and their families and friends.
Phase Two of our research program is now well underway. Ten participants have signed the consent form to formally enrol, and completed their first assessment.
A final year student at the Edinburgh College of Art, Yuan Kai, has been
working on the Click-East app for some time. Her designs feature in the free version, which is currently available on iTunes, and also on the more extensive verison that we’re trialling at the moment.
This blog post is a bit of a cheat as I’m actually just going to re-blog a post by my husband! He is studying for a PhD on theatre for the very young, and we are currently collaborating on a paper which discusses how best to make performances appropriate for infants and toddlers.
During the Click-East project we have engaged in a lot of participatory design and other piloting processes. Participatory design means having the expected end users of a product (in this case an iPad app) contribute to the design process.