Asperger's Syndrome Research Student

I am a research student at the University of Bolton and have recently developed a new systematic computer intervention specifically designed to enhance the emotion recognition abilities of children with Asperger’s Syndrome. I have now successfully produced an abbreviated version of the full proposed intervention and now need to evaluate the design and usability of the prototype before I can proceed to the final phase of my research; evaluating the effectiveness of the full intervention.

In order to ensure that the game is enjoyable, works efficiently (i.e. there are no programming faults) and is understood by children between the ages of 6 and 11, I need a group of children with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome to take part in a simple evaluation study. The study will simply involve each child receiving a copy of the “emotions r us” prototype to play at home along with a short accompanying workbook which is designed to gather their valued feedback on various aspects of the game (i.e. do they like the colours used?, is the voiceover clear enough to understand?, do they like the story? etc). The booklet will also include a short emotion recognition ability game/test for the child to complete which will enable me to assess the suitability of game stimuli (“emotions r us” game characters). The findings of this study will enable me to further develop the prototype (guided by the findings of this usability study) and therefore this phase of research is of paramount importance. All participating children will receive a copy of the final (full) version of “emotions r us” following the final phase of research.

I am contacting you in the hope that you may be able to help me raise awareness of this study.  I would very much appreciate your help.

Louise Lawrence
Research Student – Department of Psychology School of Health & Social Science
T2-01
Ext 3145
Email: L.Lawrence@bolton.ac.uk

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