Tangible Design for Inclusive Conversations with Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Children

  • Rosella Gennari
  • Francesco Pavani
  • Mehdi RizviEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10108)


Recent research in the area of deafness stresses that communication difficulties may severely impact the social and emotional development of deaf or hard-of-hearing learners. Education researchers voice the need of an integrated intervention for social and emotional learning at school, which considers deaf or hard-of-hearing learners’ communication requirements. In particular supporting conversation with peers can enhance their engagement in school activities, which can positively impact on their academic achievements in turn. This paper presents the design of Compass, a tangible interactive object, enhanced with embedded micro- electronics components, for supporting group conversation in presence of deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing children. The design choices are motivated in light of the requirement analysis. The paper concludes with an outlook on future work concerning Compass for enhancing conversation among deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing children.


Playful experience design Socio-emotional learning Conversation Children Deaf Hard of hearing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosella Gennari
    • 1
  • Francesco Pavani
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Mehdi Rizvi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer ScienceFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  2. 2.Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)University of TrentoRoveretoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Psychology and Cognitive ScienceUniversity of TrentoRoveretoItaly
  4. 4.ImpAct Team, Lyon Neuroscience Research CenterINSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292LyonFrance

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