Dot's World: An Emotional Development Support Platform for Children

Sarah J. Ryu, Jonathan M. Tan, Donghee Yvette Wohn

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Abstract

This project was started to explore ways we can utilize the benefits of human-robot facilitated therapy to support a child's emotional development and identify needs for early intervention. As a result, we designed an app prototype called Dot's World that features a chatbot that leads daily conversations about emotional well-being and facilitates emotional education exercises. We also created a companion app prototype for parents to involve them in their child's emotional growth and identify needs for early intervention. To understand the current perceptions of emotional health and existing solutions for support, we conducted customer discovery interviews with parents and education professionals like teachers, psychologists, and counselors. Multiple factors in the interview process including variations in technology access as well as confidence in traditional methods of emotional development have led us to pivot our original vision. Interviews with professionals in the education system helped us to realize an apparent need for a platform providing socio-emotional tools for educators and improving communication channels within the child's support system. We will be iterating on Dot's World's design and conducting more interviews to better understand and support the need of this new demographic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages568-572
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384520
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 24 2021
Event2021 ACM Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021 - Virtual, Online, Greece
Duration: Jun 24 2021Jun 30 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021

Conference

Conference2021 ACM Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/24/216/30/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Keywords

  • Chatbot
  • Child Development
  • Education
  • Emotions
  • Mobile App Design

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