Sinbad and the magic cure: a serious game for children with ASD and auditory hypersensitivity

Zakari, H. M., Poyade, M. and Simmons, D. (2017) Sinbad and the magic cure: a serious game for children with ASD and auditory hypersensitivity. In: Dias, J., Santos, P. and Veltkamp, R. (eds.) Games and Learning Alliance: 6th International Conference, GALA 2017, Lisbon, Portugal, December 5–7, 2017, Proceedings. Series: Lecture notes in computer science (10653). Springer: Cham, pp. 54-63. ISBN 9783319719399 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71940-5_5)

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Serious games (SG) are part of a range of technologies that can be used for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Typically, these games target communication skills, social interaction and speech. There are, however, few SGs for autistic children which have the aim of helping to moderate sensory hypersensitivity. This paper presents an SG which aims to target this area. A set of critical sounds was heuristically determined, and implemented in an interactive SG for reducing auditory hypersensitivity (i.e. over-sensitivity to environmental sounds) in children with ASD. The game, Sinbad and the Magic Cure, is designed for Android devices, and is intended for children aged 8–11.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simmons, Dr David and Poyade, Mr Matthieu
Authors: Zakari, H. M., Poyade, M., and Simmons, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Published Online:30 November 2017

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