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Autism and distributed cognition

By Peter Francis


Autism is a condition that affects behaviour, communication and cognition. Treatment and support for the person with autism is multidisciplinary and will often include the use of assistive technologies. This exploratory study aims to describe current practice in the support of people with autism and identify opportunities for new digital assistive technologies. The scope includes the procedures and artefacts currently in place, and the processes of development and implementation of support for a person with autism. To this end, the data collected will be analysed and expressed with reference to HCI frameworks and terminology. Specifically, the data analysis will be informed by theories of distributed cognition (Hutchins, 1995), situation awareness (Norman, 1993) and breakdowns (Y. Rogers & Ellis, 1994). This paper provides the background to the current study and then discusses the potential contribution of the distributed cognition framework. The expected outcomes of the project are: � a taxonomy of current support practices

Year: 2009
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