Colloquium announcement

Faculty of Engineering Technology

Department Design, Production and Management
Master programme Industrial Design Engineering

As part of his / her masterassignment

Laura Sophie Günnigmann

will hold a speech entitled:

Development of a Co-design Method for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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With the raising awareness of autism and an increasing number of assistive technologies on the market, product designers are getting more interested in designing products for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, designing products that meet the specific requirements of every child can be challenging due to their wide-ranging needs. Co-design has its roots in participatory design methods and is an approach that empowers children with ASD to directly contribute to the design process to ensure that the developed products fit their individual preferences.

The goal of this project was to develop a co-design method that empowers children with ASD and other non-design professionals to take an active part in the design process, resulting in valuable and meaningful design outcomes. Based on a co-design literature study a co-design framework was created. The framework focuses on the engagement of all stakeholders during each phase of the design process and the empowerment of children with ASD. The co-design framework was applied during a case study, in collaboration with Maudy Bruintjes as lead-designer, involving various stakeholders and children. During the case study co-design sessions were held with the families with children with ASD, therapists, teachers, design experts and a company that provides assistive technology. Design activities that were conducted during each session led to a better understanding of the target group and their daily life problems. Furthermore, ideas and product concepts were generated and evaluated in collaboration with the co-designers and at the end prototypes were built and tested. Based on the results of the case study the co-design framework was evaluated and renewed.