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Designing technology for and with developmentally diverse children - A systematic literature review

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  • Peter Börjesson, Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Wolmet Barendregt, Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Eva Eriksson
  • Olof Torgersson, Chalmers University of Technology

This paper presents the results of a systematic literature review of research papers on the involvement of developmentally diverse children in design. The review shows that there is a growing tendency to include developmentally diverse children in the design process. Compared to other groups of developmentally diverse children, children with high-functioning autism between 8 and 12 years old are the ones that are most often actively involved in the design process. Other groups of children often have a more passive role, being observed, both in the requirements, design and evaluation phase. Working with mixed groups of children, either children with different disabilities, or typically developing children together with developmentally diverse children, also occurs more seldom. Compared to design with typically developing children, adults are involved more intensively in the design, either as users, proxies, experts and/or facilitators. Specific guidelines for how to prepare and perform design sessions with developmentally diverse children often emphasize the need for a coherence of activities, a clear structure in the sessions, verbal as well as textual explanations, and the active participation of caregivers, teachers and therapists. Based on these findings we give several suggestions for further research. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2015 : The 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Publication year21 Jun 2015
Article number2771848
ISBN (Electronic)9781450335904
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2015 - Boston, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 201524 Jun 2015


Conference14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2015
LandUnited States
SeriesProceedings of IDC 2015: The 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children

    Research areas

  • Children, Developmentally diverse, Participatory design, Special needs, User-centered design, CCTD

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