Designing Interactive Experiences for Children with Cochlear Implant

Sensors (Basel). 2018 Jul 4;18(7):2154. doi: 10.3390/s18072154.


Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have grown exponentially in the education context and the use of digital products by children is increasing. As a result, teachers are taking advantage of ICTs to include mobile devices such as Tablets or Smartphones inside the classroom as playful support material to motivate children during their learning. Designing an interactive experience for a child with a special need such as a hearing impairment is a great challenge. In this article, two interactive systems are depicted, using a non-traditional interaction, by the following stages: analysis, design and implementation, with the participation of children with cochlear implant in the Institute of Blind and Deaf Children of Valle del Cauca, Colombia and the ASPAS Institute, Mallorca, Spain, who evaluated both interactive systems, PHONOMAGIC and CASETO. Positive results were obtained, showing that the use of real objects can greatly influence the environment in which children interact with the game, allowing them to explore and manipulate the objects supporting their teaching-learning processes.

Keywords: children with cochlear implant; interactive experiences; interactive systems; technology.

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation*
  • Child
  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Cochlear Implants*
  • Colombia
  • Deafness / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spain