Communication challenges are a core characteristic of autism. These challenges are complex and include language specific issues as well as social-emotional communication. The next Shriver Center Colloquium will feature Micah Ekhardt, a doctoral candidate in the MIT Media Lab. He will discuss his research on StoryScape, a participatory learning platform designed around interactive, illustrated stories created to meet the varied needs of the autism community. Rather than viewing the individual diagnosed with autism as a passive consumer of media, StoryScape provides the tools, and motivation, to engage users as creators.
The primary focus of StoryScape is facilitating social engagement and language usage around story co-creation. Story co-creation is the process of two or more people, in-situ, working together to create stories. Initial pilot studies are showing with respect to engagement, social collaboration, language usage and more.
The colloquium is sponsored by the UMass Medical School Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. It will be held in the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium Room AS2-2102 from 12:00 – 1:00 on August 12 on the Medical School campus in Worcester. The presentation is open to the public.
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