Authors: Vicki Jones, Diana Hunt and Jun Jo, QLD
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: EDUCATION / TRAINING,INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND COMPUTERS,RESEARCH, EVALUATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, children and youth, groupwork and technology
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are often able to function quite well at school and conceal their symptoms. However, what is happening inside can be distressing and debilitating for the child. These children can also become anxious if they are segregated from others because of their disorder. In this paper we look at how new technologies can be applied in the school setting to help a child with OCD and make their classroom experience less stressful. We also introduce Ubiquitous Agents (UAs) which are virtual entities in ubiquitous space, based on software agent technology. Emerging ubiquitous technology has the potential to offer calm, effective support for a child with OCD within the school setting, with UAs helping the child cope without exposing them to the fear of discovery and of being teased by other children. Currently, this research focuses on primary school children.
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