An Assistive Computerized System with Tangible User Interfaces for Children with Moderate Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Jihad Mohamad Aljaam, Ali Jaoua, Saleh AlHazbi, Ahmad Hasnah, Ali Karime, Abdelmutalib A. Elsaddik

Abstract


In this paper we propose an assistive learning system for children with moderate intellectual and learning disabilities that supports collaboration, data exploration, communication and creativity. The system offers a wide range of tutorials on basic concepts of elementary sciences with some edutainment games and puzzles based on different tangible user interfaces TUIs. The system can enhance the communications, memorization, reasoning and learning capabilities of the children with special needs. The tutorials contain multimedia elements that help the children understand effectively the topics and allow them to interact and be more proactive. An assessment component is developed to evaluate the children understanding. Parents are actively involved in the learning process by being able to add or customize contents specific to their children. The children can use the TUIs alone and get prompted on all the steps to perform some daily activities like the school day activity, the tooth brushing activity, etc. This will increase their self-reliance and self-dependence.

Keywords


Assistive Learning Tools, Educational Software, Tutorials Design, Learning Disability, Special Needs, Edutainment

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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