Participatory Design of Therapeutic Video Games for Young People with Neurological Vision Impairment

Waddington, Jonathan, Linehan, Conor, Gerling, Kathrin , Hicks, Kieran and Hodgson, Timothy L. (2015) Participatory Design of Therapeutic Video Games for Young People with Neurological Vision Impairment. In: CHI 2015.

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702261

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Neurological Vision Impairment (NVI) detrimentally impacts upon quality of life, as daily activities such as reading and crossing the road often become significantly impaired. Therapy strategies for NVI based on visual scanning of on-screen stimuli have recently been demonstrated as effective at improving functional vision. However, these strategies are repetitive, monotonous and unsuitable for use with children and young adults. This project explores the design of a game-based therapy programme that aims to support participant engagement and adherence. We first outline requirements for this software, before reporting on the iterative design process undertaken in collaboration with young people, therapists and teachers at a centre for vision impairment. Our work provides insights into the participatory design of games in collaboration with young people with special needs, and reflects upon the tension of balancing game challenge, therapy goals, and accessibility. Furthermore, it highlights the potential of games to empower special populations by providing a medium through which to communicate the subjective experience of specific impairments.

Keywords:Games, Vision, Rehabilitation, Therapy, Young people
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B520 Orthoptics
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B500 Ophthalmics
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:47901
Deposited On:01 Feb 2022 11:58

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