Understanding the Musical Interaction of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Elastic Display

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Musical interaction greatly benefits children’s development. However, case studies reporting musical interactions with children, especially those with neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism spectrum disorders (ASD), are scarce and urgently needed. In this work, we present the results of a 2-month deployment study describing how 11 children with ASD used an elastic display called BendableSound. Our results show that children with ASD maintained their musical motivation over the course of the study. Also, during this time, children with ASD were capable of manipulating and were exposed to a wide range of variations in sound and musical structures. The musical interactions triggered by the use of BendableSound influenced the type of gestures performed by our children participants. We close reflecting from our lessons learned and by discussing directions for future work.


This article was originally published in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing in 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-022-01703-y

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