The Picturing Sound multisensory environment: an overview as entity of phenomenon

Ceri Williams, Eva Petersson, Tony Brooks

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    This paper presents three case studies selected from a sample of teenage children (n = 11) having severe disabilities. Personalised audiovisual environments are created with a targeted goal to encourage interaction, creativity and artistic expression from the teenagers. The feedback stimuli is directly linked to the child's gesticulations for a sense of associated control to be available for recognition. Non-intrusive sourcing of gesture is through camera data mapped to computer vision algorithms. Intervention strategies from staff and helpers within such user-centred environments are questioned. Results point to the positive benefits for these children such as increased eye-to-hand coordination, concentration duration, andimproved communication. These findings corroborate with other research in being indicative of the potentials in utilising such interactive multisensory environments in special schools and institutes as a supplemental tool for traditional methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDigital Creativity
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)106 - 114
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • communication
    • contingency
    • awareness
    • empowerment
    • interaction
    • therapy


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