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Smartwatch to support children with ASD

Marieke de Bruine Smartwatch

Friday, June 26nd, Jasper Scheffel (LIACS, Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science) successfully defended his thesis about the Pictoguide; a novel Smartwatch, which Jasper had designed especially for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This device was designed to support children’s independent execution of complex multi-step activities. Fons Verbeek (LIACS), Annette van Zijp (Centre for Autism), Marieke de Bruine and Carolien supervised Jasper, and Marieke was now present to ask Jasper some critical questions. The outcomes of Jasper’s study showed that the Pictoguide was truly helpful for the children and their teachers, and that it is a good alternative for visual schedules.