Frankie and Friends: A new game to target social attention for children with ASD
Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can have difficulties understanding other people’s behaviour or what they may be thinking about. We believe that one key contributing factor to this may be that some individuals find it hard to pay attention to social information. For example, some individuals may avoid eye contact and prefer to not look at faces or facial expressions. It is hoped that any intervention that may improve attention towards social information may then help to improve understanding of social situations and improve social behaviours.
We have developed an app-based game designed target attention to social information in children with ASD. This game can be played on a touch device, such as an iPad, and presents a number of animated characters which move about the screen. The aim of the game is to swipe certain characters towards a “score zone” and earn points when they do so. The game has been designed to be fun and engaging for children.
This project has now completed recruitment - thank you to all the families who generously donated their time to this project.
Unfortunately the application designed in the project is not available for download on the app store at this current time.
For more information about this project please see below:
Thank you to everyone that has expressed such interest in this game since our research aired on Channel 7 News Perth in April 2019. While we tested this game a few years ago, the scientific paper describing this work and the study results were published very recently. We’re committed to making sure that we rigorously evaluate the research we do and we’re still working on more data from this project, so are unable to put the game on the app store just yet. We’ll share more findings as soon we can, however please continue to keep an eye out on our page for more updates on this and other exciting research we’re doing
If you'd like to contact us, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Autism Research Team at CliniKids reception on (08) 6319 1133.