Visual devices can support strategies for behavior management of children with behavioral challenges. However, existing tools are often static, rarely configurable, and tend to focus only on individual behavior. In this project we explore the use of interactive surfaces to support teamwork and cooperation in children with behavioral challenges through a classroom display for collective use.
We want to observe if children have the need to support a teamwork for achieve a goal through their behavior. We hypothesized that teamwork and collective cooperation can improve children´s behavior.

We designed and developed an interactive surface displaying the average of teacher’s behavior score for each child in the form of a puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle represents the average behavior of a child. Behavior specialists place in the display a puzzle piece representing performance in terms of percentage of available points earned: no image to underperforming students who earned less than 70% of possible points, a blurred image to students who earned between 70% and 90%, and the full-image to students who earned more than 90%. The teacher uses the configuration screen to define the thresholds of the system. The results of a
deployment with 28 children in two classrooms in a public school specialized in behavioral interventions demonstrate that classroom displays focused on collective behavioral performance can support reflection on individual performance and improve behavior for students with behavioral challenges as well as encourage teamwork and cooperative behavior.

To promote teamwork, rewards are given at a collective level when group behavioral performance reach a certain threshold (85% or more of students earning a “good behavior”), all students, regardless of individual behavior, received a printed card of the completed picture.

We are finishing the system implementation and we are planning deploy the system in a specialized public school for children with behavioral disorders.

Lead researchers  Alexandar Matic (CREATE-NET), Gillian R. Hayes (UC Irvine)

Project participants

Denisse Soto, interaction designer (see more about Denisse …)
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Monica Tentori, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (see more about monica …)
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Related publications to the project

  • Tentori, M., Escobedo, L., Hernandez, C., Matic, A., Hayes, G. R., (2016) Pervasive displays in classrooms of children with severe autism, IEEE Pervasive Computing, ISSN: 1536-1268

  • Matic, A., Hayes, G.,R., Tentori, M., Abdullah, M., Schuck, S. (2014) Collective use of a Situated Display to Encourage Positive Behaviors in Children with Behavioral Challenges. Ubicomp 2014, Seattle, WA, September 13-17. (Honourable Mention)