Helping children with Autism communicate with their siblings
Bing, Erin, Sunjana
Children with autism have difficulty communicating what they want, although they know it innately.Thus, their non-special needs siblings have a hard time interacting with them. This not only causes them to feel discouraged, but also keeps the child with autism from developing a valuable connection with someone close to their age.
We are implement a feature that translates the selected pictures of activities into words. To make sure our website is appropriate for all children with autism, we break down the activities into three levels, so that siblings who just started to interact with special need children has a place to start and can build on their interactions as time progresses. After choosing an appropriate level for both the child with autism and the sibling, an activity page will pop up. We only included a few options on each page, so that children with autism won’t be overwhelmed. After the user chooses the picture of the desired activity, our website will form a sentence which effectively communicate what the special needs child wants. We also included an audio button that reads the sentence formed, so children with autism can practice speaking the sentence out loud at their own time. In addition, we have included a 'Helpful Hints' section, based on behavioral science, to guide teens every step of the way through their interactions with their special need sibling.
For our website, we aimed to create a personalized account for every user, so that they can easily refer to their most frequented conversation and add their own activity. All these features need a database, but we had a lot of difficulties using firebase, a database that our instructor recommended. After watching a bunch of tutorials and asking a lot of help from our teacher, we are able to get the login page working. However, we are still working on personalizing the profile page, so that the user can add their own favorites and change their profile pictures.