Some of the people who have already used the Pictogram Room tell us about their experiences.

Miguel Lancho, Autism Burgos professional.

The Pictogram Room application is of great interest for the work we do with autistic people.

Since the project began we have had the chance to test the application with users of the Autism Burgos services.
Despite the fact that the introduction of a new IT tool as a didactic tool requires testing and a great deal of time and dedication in order for our users to truly assimilate it, it has been initially well received by people with ASD.

In think the game element of the programme and the possibility of learning new things gradually are the key strengths of this tool for people with ASD.

We were able to try it for working in a simple and different way on the human body and starting out with understanding and communication using pictograms.Until now, we had to work with computers using the mouse or a finger on a touch screen, but with Pictogram Room a whole new opportunity is opened up, interacting using the student’s whole body, and this provides new and interesting educational possibilities.

We were surprised at how useful it was in the case of people with High Functioning Autism (Asperger’s Syndrome). It allows you to work with the entire body and coordination, and helps with their physical interaction and entertainment in relating to others, encouraging social contact and provides a natural form of verbal communication.

Rocío Arroyo, Autism Ávila professional

Pablo is 38 years old; he is lovely, but tremendously rigid and resistant to change.

It took him a month to come to the association because he didn’t want anything to do with us, then it took him 3 days to go into the room to try the exercise. We have gradually gained more trust with him, but he didn’t want to go into the room where we had set up the Pictogram Room; he is very capable, but highly reserved and speaks very little. He enjoys going for walks on his own, but he does no other exercise.

The day he finally agreed to go in and try Pictogram Room, I thought he wouldn’t like it, as he always refuses to do almost any new task. But to my surprise when he started using the game he smiled, he listened, he did all the moves… amazing! Now we have agreed to use it every other day, and he is much happier and more receptive.

I hope he doesn’t tire of it because for me it’s been a great success. The true purpose of the programme to work on the body, self-perception… I don’t know if we are achieving this, but we are improving our relationship with Pablo. I urge you to stick with it because it works.

Elisabeth Garcia, Autism Ávila professional.

Augmented reality is an extraordinary tool for people with autism, especially low functioning autism, as they can relate pictograms to real things. The fact that they can see their own body on the screen helps them to connect the two. It is they who, by moving their bodies, instantly transmit that movement to the pictogram, thus helping them to understand that they are one in the same thing.

I find it really useful for the tutor to appear on the screen as well. These people normally – particularly at first – require physical guidance in order to complete the activity. By having two pictograms we help them to recognise themselves and distinguish others.

When an exercise is complete, the programme asks whether it was done with physical or verbal guidance or without any help, which is a good way to track the student’s progress. This activity is attractive to them because it has a musical elements and we know that they love music.

Marisa Samblás, Fundació Mira'm professional

Pictogram Room is a tool which encourages child/child or child/adult interaction, motivating the person with ASD to use imitation and perceive his/her own body.

Broadly speaking it is a tool for working on communication (the person needs to ask for help, decide which game to play, follow simple or complex instructions…), imitation and attention.

It is set up in a fun and entertaining way, making it a motivating tool for the person with ASD.

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