Chat Lab

SCoSS (Samantha Holt)

This PhD project is now being further developed as the ChatlabConnect app.

Separate Control of Shared Space (SCoSS), developed on the Riddles project at Sussex is a computer setup designed toPicture of Scoss on laptop encourage collaboration in children. Sam Holt used the SCoSS interface to investigate other-awareness in children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and to determine  if this application can be used to facilitate social interaction when ASC children perform a task with a peer or an adult partner. Picture of Scoss on laptop The findings  of a study involving non-verbal ASC children aged 4-7 years demonstrated   that when using the SCoSS computer setup the children were able to work more jointly, whereas with a more typical computer interface   one ASC child tended to work alone while the other watched. A comparative study looked at the interactions between typically developing (TD)  children aged 2-4 years using the SCoSS computer setup with either  a peer or adult partner, finding that similarly to ASC children TD   children show more awareness of a peer partner than an adult partner, but unlike ASC children, TD children did not require the support of  the SCoSS interface to facilitate the higher rate of other-awareness. Sam's later work investigated the use of SCoSS on a multi-touch interactive tabletop computer, to make it possible for ASC children,  who are unable to use a mouse, to participate.