Exploring the Design Considerations for Developing an Interactive Tabletop Learning Tool for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Nazmul HasanEmail author
  • Muhammad Nazrul Islam
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes on Data Engineering and Communications Technologies book series (LNDECT, volume 49)


Usability, ease of use and user experience (UX) are crucial quality concerns to develop any learning applications for children with autism. Several design considerations are proposed to design and develop different kinds of learning tools for autistic children but no study was found that explicitly focused to understand the design consideration required to design a tabletop learning tool for children with autism. Therefore, the objective of this research is to reveal the fundamental design considerations for developing a tabletop learning tool for autistic children with enhanced usability and UX. Two studies were conducted following ethnographic study and semi-structured interview, while the interviewing study was replicated with eighteen teachers of autistic children. The study data were analyzed through content analysis. As outcome, this research, firstly revealed a set of design considerations that includes, for example, affordance, intuitiveness, portability, ease-to-use, clear & concise interface, metaphoric design, easy to learn, interactive, visual feedback, multimodal feedback and pictography. Secondly, proposed a design solution to develop the tabletop learning tool based on the revealed design considerations.


Autism Design considerations Ethnographic study HCI Learning tool Usability 



Ethics Approval and Consent to Participate – We confirm that ethical approval has taken by the ethical committee headed by the Research & Development Wing of Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) for conducting this research. We also declare that we have taken written consent from each participant to participate in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Engineering FacultyBangladesh Military AcademyChattogramBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringMilitary Institute of Science and TechnologyDhakaBangladesh

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