The application of ergonomics aspect and Kansei engineering in designing communication aid for children with autism

Herawati, Linda and Hartono, Markus and Mustikasari, Hany (2016) The application of ergonomics aspect and Kansei engineering in designing communication aid for children with autism. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 4 (1). pp. 47-59. ISSN 2045-7812

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Abstract

Autism is a psychological disorder; the symptoms include impairment in verbal and nonverbal communication. The increasing number of children with autism is not followed by the number of inclusion schools and therapists, to the point that there is still a considerable number of autistic children with little access to proper therapy. To address this issue, a communication aid called PECS was designed to help autistic children. PECS is widely used worldwide, including in Indonesia. However, PECS have several drawbacks. This paper attempts to design better PECS media. The selected design of PECS media was 7 × 7 cm in size, and made from polypropylene layer pad. The media set was also complemented with aromatherapy oil blend. After being tested with 10 autistic children, it was measured by the time needed to pick the media. It was recorded that the picking time shortened from 48.06 to 41.49 seconds. Keywords: autism; autistic children; communication aid; ergonomics; Kansei engineering; PECS; PECS in Indonesia

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; autistic children; comm unication aid; ergonomics; Kans ei engineering; PECS; PECS in Indonesia.
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering > Department of Industrial Engineering
Depositing User: Markus Hartono 61124
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 08:23
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 08:25
URI: http://repository.ubaya.ac.id/id/eprint/28214

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