In 2014 our team of professionals in design, engineering and occupational therapy, realised that there is a pressing need to explore how interaction design and technology can unlock the potential of students with additional needs.
We visited schools, parents, day care centres, and therapy services. We observed and played with hundreds of typically developing children, learners with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum conditions, brain injuries, and Down’s syndrome.
We worked with nearly 200 professionals of different specialisations: Teachers, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Music Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Special Education Teachers and Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs). We learned from them about the versatile needs of users through research interviews, focus groups and participants observation.