Human factors applied to the understanding of the importance of therapeutic clothing textiles for children with autism spectrum disorders

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify significant design features and textiles that would alleviate sensitivities for children with ASD. Small groups of randomized children with ASD and their parents participated in the study, pertaining to design features and textile related to characteristics of ASD. In the experiments, we tested weighted vests with three types of textiles (neoprene, wool, and denim) and newly developed prototypes with various textiles, including bamboo jersey, nylon with durable repellent, cotton, organic cotton, and polyester fleece. In this study, individuals with ASD exhibited certain tactile design preferences. Results from this study led to the development of sensory clothing products and provide evidence based therapeutic clothing design for individuals who have the everyday challenges posed by the characteristics of ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics in Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2017
EditorsFrancisco Rebelo, Marcelo Soares
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages951-957
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319605814
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
EventAHFE 2017 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2017 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2017Jul 21 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume588
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAHFE 2017 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period07/17/1707/21/17

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Human factors
  • Therapeutic clothing

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