Call: Full-body Technologies, Playful Interaction & Children with Special Needs (ACM IDC 2013 Workshop)

Full-day Workshop at ACM IDC: Full-body Technologies, Playful Interaction & Children with Special Needs

New York City, June 24, 2013

Submission by 25th of March 2013

The ACM IDC (Interaction Design and Children) conference is a major multidisciplinary international forum to discuss children’s needs in relationship to interactive technology and present the most innovative research in the field of interaction design for children.

Within IDC 2013, the goal of this full-day workshop is to discuss how to design for full-body playful solutions for children with special needs, and to examine how to make design decisions and evaluations grounded in experience and theoretical frameworks.

We will bring together researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines – psychologists, therapists, educators, medical personnel, experts in special needs, as well as engineers, programmers, computer scientists. interaction designers for children, whose work address children with special needs or full bodied interaction, or are interested in exploring the challenges of this field.


Position papers should address the design, use, and evaluation of full-body, or embodied or motion-based interactive technologies for children with special needs. Within this broad area, the main topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Learning requirements of children with learning needs
  • Design methods for children with special needs
  • Applying theories to design and evaluation
  • Best practices
  • Evaluation and impact assessment
  • Designing for children with multiple impairments
  • Designing for mixed abilities
  • Individualizing approaches and other methods to address individual differences
  • Complying with regulations and guidelines
  • Involving adults (educators, teachers, therapists, parents)
  • Remote support to education and therapy


Position papers should be in ACM publication format, must not exceed four pages, and should be emailed as a PDF file to Simos Retalis [] by the 25th of March 2013.  The position papers will be reviewed based on quality of the contribution.  Acceptance of notification will be by the 19th of April 2013.

At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for the workshop and for the ACM IDC 2013 conference. Authors of the best position papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to a special issue on “Full-body Technologies, Playful Interaction & Children with Special Needs” of the Elsevier International Journal of  Child-Computer Interaction.


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