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Playful Learning for Kids with Special Educational Needs

Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC,volume 826)


It has been verified that today in the Italian schools there are about 15–20% of students presenting different kinds of “Special Educational Needs”. In order to respond to BES, the schools follow the Customized Learning Plan (PDP), a useful tool for designing operational models, strategies, systems and learning criteria for each student. For the various operators involved in the treatment of the disorders and also for the parents, it is of great importance to have adequate, efficient and flexible support tools that respect the desires and the enthusiasm of children of different age, without creating additional psychological and social discomfort. This research presents a particular relevance focus on the issue of management of entertainment and playful learning through digital systems offering a ‘playful interaction’. New concepts of ‘game’ and ‘device for interactive activities’ offer screen-based compounds to scenarios on the relation between user and device, including physical activities or integrated physical gestures, which relate the observation of screen to the physical reality.


  • Interaction design
  • Product design
  • Playful experience

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    The project stems from the collaboration between Benedetta Terenzi, PhD and a contract professor at the Design Campus, scientific advisor and coordinator of the team, with Pierluigi Crescenzi, full professor of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science ‘Ulisse Dini’ of the University of Florence, with the Children’s Diagnostic Center Nuovamente (Firenze) which includes the speech terapist Elisa Cangialeoni, Ilaria Tilli, Giulia Filippi. The app is developed with the help of graduate in Computer Science Nicolae Puica [11] and the graduate in Industrial Design Martina Denti [12].


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Correspondence to Elisabetta Cianfanelli , Pierluigi Crescenzi , Gabriele Goretti or Benedetta Terenzi .

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Cianfanelli, E., Crescenzi, P., Goretti, G., Terenzi, B. (2019). Playful Learning for Kids with Special Educational Needs. In: Bagnara, S., Tartaglia, R., Albolino, S., Alexander, T., Fujita, Y. (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). IEA 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 826. Springer, Cham.

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