Developing an Embodied Pedagogical Agent with and for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Beate Grawemeyer, Hilary Johnson, Mark Brosnan, Emma Ashwin, Laura Benton

This paper describes how we developed an embodied pedagogical agent (EPA) with and for young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is characterised by impairments in social communication, imagination, and perspective-taking, which can compromise design and collaboration. However, if an ASD preference for visual processing can be supported by providing images of design ideas as they develop, these difficulties may be overcome. We describe a methodology that successfully supports the visualisation and development of EPAs using our prototype visualisation tool (EPA DK), enabling ASD users to function as active design participants.

The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30950-2_33.