TOUCH * PLAY is an ongoing project which explores how technology could be used to enable children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions to play, explore and express their emotions and feelings through their senses.
The current devices and system were developed along with Roberts family, which sound can be recorded by pushing a button. The only way to playback the recorded sound is to touch another person, requiring cooperation and interaction with others.
Sarah Roberts is 13 years old and has been diagnosed with autism in 2002, meaning she finds fundamental aspects of social interaction and communication difficult. Sarah is extremely musically talented, she has played piano since a very early age and has perfects. This device allows her to explore and understand the world of people through her senses of sound and touch.
“Autistic children have no sense of themselves and what they are. Life with an autistic child brings unique challenges.”
— Alison Roberts, Sarah’s mom