Playmation: A Manipulative Story Animation System to Improve Language, Theory of Mind, and Sequencing Skills in Children with Autism

Playmation: A Manipulative Story Animation System to Improve Language, Theory of Mind, and Sequencing Skills in Children with Autism

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S060050
Agency Tracking Number: H133S060050
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.133S-1
Small Business Information
15499 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shannon Mayhew
 (301) 294-5230
 smayhew@A-I-I.com
Business Contact
 Shannon Mayhew
Phone: (301) 294-5230
Email: smayhew@A-I-I.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Playmation prototype by Intelligent Automation, Inc, utilizes new technology to integrate the powerful learning modalities of touch and manupulation within the familiar instructional paradigm of picture and sentence strips. This system enables a child to create a three-dimensional character and move that character across a picture strip to communicate a story. A web camera conenected to a computer captures the movement, machine vision software identifies the child's play patterns, and story software translates these patterns into an animated movie or a printable storybook. Children using this system may improve in sequencing, theory of mind, and language skills- especially in the case of children with autism. Playmation is marketed as an education maniupulative product in four principal markets: (1)public and private Pre-K-3 education; (2) Reading First and directly related programs; (3) Head Start pre-school programs; and (4) IDEA/Special Education .

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