Analysis and development of a learning application for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) method

The thesis work presented is part of a larger project named Autistic Behavior & Computer-based Didactic & Software (ABCDSW).

The mission of the project is the definition of an educational methodology (according to the model Applied Behavior Analysis – ABA), and the development of open source software tools to enhance and improve, in terms of effectiveness and efficiency, the learning process for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also through sharing of knowledge.

Fabio Ceccarelli

Fabio Ceccarelli

The need for unconventional learning programs for children with these syndromes coupled to the attraction that most of them have in the technology (mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices) has led to consider the use of computers as means to enhance learning. Starting from this idea, and using a multidisciplinary team, have been defined the main objectives to be achieved:

  • definition (and development) of a specific educational methodology to be effective and efficient for children with ASD;
  • creation of ad hoc educational software modules for children affected by autism, in the range of 2-6 years;
  • development of tools to monitor the level of learning of children during therapy with educators / parents.

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