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ExciteTray: developing an assistive technology to promote self-feeding among young children

Ayelet GalOz and Orad Weisberg and Tal Keren-Capelovitch and Yair Uziel and Ronit Slyper and Tamar Weiss and Oren Zuckerman

The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel and University of Haifa


We build a light-up food tray to provide positive feedback to children who have trouble eating properly.

Paper Abstract
Typically developing children usually master self-feeding by the age of three years. However, children with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities encounter great difficulties acquiring this instrumental ability. In an effort to motivate young eaters in the process of acquiring self-feeding abilities, we set out to develop ExciteTray - a customized self-feeding assistive technology. We describe the initial stages of an iterative design process consisting of interviews with domain experts, rapid- prototyping, and evaluations with children. Based on our findings, we formulated preliminary design principles for a self-feeding assistive technology: draw attention without causing distraction; motivate the child during the various stages of self-feeding; facilitate face-to-face interaction between caregiver and child; adapt feedback to the cognitive and motor ability of each child. We explain how these principles were implemented in a prototype, discuss safety considerations and describe future work.

Ayelet GalOz and Orad Weisberg and Tal Keren-Capelovitch and Yair Uziel and Ronit Slyper and Tamar Weiss and Oren Zuckerman. ExciteTray: Developing an Assistive Technology to Promote Self-Feeding Among Young Children. In IDC '14: Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children, June 2014. BiBTeX



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