Hanan Makki Zakari MA Design Innovation (Graphics); BA Islamic Art Education

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PhD Research Student




Serious games and autism spectrum disorder studies
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Serious games and autism spectrum disorder studies


Hanan Makki Zakari

Serious games for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Supervisors: Dr. Matthieu Poyade, Dr. David Simmons

The aim of this research is to use serious games as a tool for education purposes, in order to improve social communication and understanding of emotional and facial expression in autistic children.

This project investigates the use of games technologies as an educational intervention to improve the level of communication and understanding in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Children with this disorder are known to interact well with technology. Interrelating important areas associated with this disorder will not only open a door to a better future for children with this disorder, it will also increase their chances of becoming independent upon adulthood. Role-playing games will be designed and created to engage individuals with autism in role-playing and improve their social communication and lessen the abnormal behaviors associated with ASDs. Users with autism and their teachers/parents/therapists will communicate with each other or with scripted Non-Player Characters in a game environment through avatars. Advantages of using games technology include reducing social anxiety experienced by individuals with autism in face-to-face interactions and allowing the player to take control and work at his own pace.

Zakari, H. (2012, October). Using Arabic Calligraphy in Luminesce Wallpaper For Western Household, Poster presented- The 6th Saudi Scientific International Conference, London, UK.

Zakari, H. M.; Ma, M. and Simmons, M. A Review of Serious Game for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) In: Proceedings of the 5th Serious Games Development and Applications, Berlin, October, 2014. New York: 8778, pp. 93-106. ISBN: 978-3-319-11623-5