Finding A RouteAutistic children find it very difficult to understand and follow instructions and often require many prompts to complete a task successfully. Many children also struggle to comply with rules. When moving from one location to another these difficulties are apparent. Common 'finding a route' prompts would include "stop" "wait" "fast" and "slow." Many autistic children find computers very engaging. They enjoy the visual and audio aspects of games. A game that incorporated clear and easily recognisable graphics and some interesting sounds would help autistic children learn to follow instructions and 'find a route.'
This game teaches children with autism to follow and find directions. The game requires the child to listen to and obey commands and to determine the most direct route to a location. Spot the Fire Dog needs to navigate through the fire station to his truck as quickly as possible to go and fight the fire. He needs to navigate left and right through the fire station and up and down ladders and poles to get his fire fighting equipment. The game reinforces the following keywords that can be generalized into real world situations; 'way', 'down', 'shorter way' and 'longer way'.
FLORENCE THE FROG
Florence the Frog is a fun game that helps children with autism to increase their abilities to find a route and listen to directions. We aim to achieve this through the use of child friendly characters and concepts. Florence is a hungry frog that needs to make his way across the pond to eat a delicious fly. He has to jump onto new lily pads to make it there, and avoid the old, bad lily pads. The game increases in complexity as the child advances through the levels. The game reinforces the following keywords that can be generalized into real world situations; 'go up', 'go down', 'go left' and 'go right'.