Magic Land: the design and evaluation of an interactive tabletop supporting therapeutic play with children

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  2. Olga Pykhtina
  3. Dr Madeline Balaam
  4. Gavin Wood
  5. Dr Sue Pattison
  6. Dr Ahmed Kharrufa
  7. Professor Patrick Olivier
Author(s)Pykhtina O, Balaam M, Wood G, Pattison S, Kharrufa A, Olivier P
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Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameDIS 2012: Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Conference LocationNewcastle, UK
Year of Conference2012
Legacy Date11-15 June 2012
Volume
Pages136-145
ISBN9781450312103
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We consider the role and design of digital technologies in play therapy settings with young children. Through an aggregation of the researcher and practitioner literature, and results of discussions with therapists and counselors, we propose a set of design requirements for digital technologies that support non-directive play within a play therapy context. We explore how to design for these complex requirements through the development and evaluation of Magic Land, a set of four play therapy applications for an interactive tabletop. Based on our experiences we recommend that designers create digital interactive toys, which create opportunities for play that would not normally be possible within the traditional play therapy environment.
PublisherACM Press
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2317956.2317978
DOI10.1145/2317956.2317978
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