A very common need of children with ASD is to learn how to take care of their selves. Activities like washing their hands, dressing by themselves, washing their teeth etc. are not as easy to learn as typically developed children. As part of MiLA we will develop self-care stories, which will be based on the theory of “Social Stories” a well-documented tool in teaching social behaviors to children with ASD. A narrated story will be pared with specially designed animations in order to teach the child these basic daily routines.
Throughout the design process, the screens are kept minimalistic (in terms of graphics and animations) in order to assist the child with autism to focus on the task at hand. Furthermore, the excess use of graphics or moving objects may deter the user by making him or her feel stressed and uneasy.