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Speakers: Seray Ibrahim, UCL Knowledge Lab
Series: HCID Research Seminars
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies can support children with severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) to express themselves. Yet, these seemingly ‘enabling’ technologies are often abandoned by this target group, suggesting a need to understand how they are used in communication. Little research has considered the interaction between people, interaction design and the material dimension of AAC. To address this, we report on a qualitative video study that examines the situated communication of five children using AAC in a special school. Our findings offer a new perspective on reconceptualising AAC design and use revealing four areas for future design: (1) incorporating an embodied view of communication, (2) designing to emphasise children’s competence and agency, (3) regulating the presence, prominence and value of AAC, and (4) supporting a wider range of communicative functions that help address children’s needs. In the next stage of our work, we pursue direction (1) incorporating an embodied view of communication using child-centred participatory methods which we describe further in the talk.
About the speaker:
Seray qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2004. Before undertaking doctoral studies, she worked in the NHS specialising in neurodevelopmental disabilities in children’s community settings. She holds an MRes in speech, language and cognition and Bachelors in speech sciences both from University College London (UCL). She is currently in her third year of full time ESRC-funded PhD studies, based at the UCL Knowledge Lab. Her research takes a design-oriented perspective for understanding communication involving children with severe speech and physical impairments and members of their social group. She is supervised by Dr Asimina Vasalou at the UCL Knowledge Lab and Dr Michael Clarke in the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.
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1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 18th May 2018