How can we promote communication through play?
Solidworks, Keyshot, Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, and Model Shop
Can we design a space for children to engage and communicate emotional awareness?
Shroom Shroom is a Customizable Day Planner for Children
Chose your Activities for the day
Place designated "Warts" on Shroom Shroom's head
Complete an activity and feed it to Shroom Shroom
Activate night light mode!
Getting to Know Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
What is Autism?
“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism”
It’s a spectrum
Hyper-focus on details
Struggle to communicate their needs
Changes in routine can lead to over stimulus
What's It Like Raising a Child with Autism?
In an effort to understand people's needs a little deeper I joined a couple of Facebook groups with the goal to understand parents' daily struggles when raising a child with autism.
I also conducted some interviews to subject matter experts. Which provided fantastic advice and feedback for Shroom Shroom's development.
So… What if it Could be Super Customizable?
A scenario in which a therapist suggests to a parent to customize a Shroom Shroom
Meet Ronnie Gray
Mid-Range Autism (ASD 2)
Age 4 / Non Verbal
Meeting new people
Build a Lego tower as tall as dad.
Emotional support Social Therapy
How would Ronnie use Shroom Shroom?
Putting together concepts to make them a reality
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Auditory Feed back
Includes Disengagement Activity
May stimulate Musical Interest
Can Cause Over Stimulus
May be too complex for Child
Too Many Prerequisite skills to use
Stimulates the 5 Senses
Encourages play with others
Hard to Include Disengagement Activity
Prone to Injuries When Using
Adult Supervision Required
Personal Space Toys
Provides Safe Space when Overwhelmed
Easy to Operate Alone
May want to stay there for a while
Can Draw attention to the Child
May Feel on a "Time Out"
Sorting / Planning toys
Promotes Sensory Recognition
Engages Most Senses
Helps Associate objects with names
Many Prerequisite skills
Must Disengagement activity to work
May have a Frustrating Learning Curve
Notes on: Final Aesthetic Design Choices
Helps associate words with objects, actions, or feelings
Implements a Disengagement Activity
Encourages to Play With Others
Final Shroom Shroom Concept
Example of Customized Icons
For a child who loves cookies, Loves showers, but dislikes going to school and putting on socks
Easy to move
Place Shroom Shroom at the Child's level
Making the Model
Blow forming, vaccum forming, Foam carving, laser cutting, wood turning, light components.