DESIGN THIS! AWARD
- 2014 -
One summer, when I was a group leader for scouting, there was a girl in my group whom I had troubles with understanding because she was held back and reacted to people in a way I didn’t understand.
When I asked her about this she told me she has Asperger (a version of Autism) which means she isn’t able to recognize people’s emotions. Honeslty, I felt bad for her and saw an opportunity to help!
KIDS WITH AUTISM DON’T KNOW HOW TO RECOGNIZE EMOTIONS FROM OTHERS AND THEMSELVES
MOST KIDS ARE TESTED FOR AUTISM BECAUSE THEY CAN’T RECOGNIZE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
KIDS WITH AUTISM HAVE A HARD TIME MAKING FRIENDS
FROM THE AGE OF 6 YOU FEEL THE NEED TO HAVE FRIENDS
PEOPLE WITH AUTISM NEED THEIR INFORMATION TO BE DIRECT, NOT AMBIGUOUS
PEOPLE WITH AUTISM CAN BE TAUGHT HOW TO RECOGNIZE EMOTIONS BY POINTING THEM TO EXAMPLES
KIDS ARE TAUGHT THINGS BETTER BY DOING AND PLAYING
So I started interviewing kids about how they found out about their Autism and how they learned things about recognizing emotions and reactions from people. I also did a ton of desk research. I found out a few things.
My target group became kids with autism between the age of 6 and 8.
I want kids to be able to make
By helping them in being able to communicate better with people.
I created a children’s book which helps them learn how to recognize and understand their own and someone else’s emotions in a playful way.
I have been wanting to create an illustrated children’s book for a long time. So I chose to write a story, sketch some characters and make a book.
I had 10 weeks to complete this project and during this progress I found it wasn’t possible to become the best illustrator in this time span. So I found an other way to make it look fun and playful, so kids would like it.
“I think the book is super funny and I like the story a lot. The exercises to calm myself in the back of the book are what I always do!”
- Ricardo, PDD-NOS, 8 y.o. -
“I think Ricardo will find a lot of use for this book. He’s always had a hard time with recognizing emotions, he will learn this now.”
- Ricardo's mom. -
“An ode to everyone with Autism or people who have a hard time communicating. When I was this age there was nothing to help me. I want one too!”
- Laura, Asperger, 17 y.o. -