Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Literacy LABELS"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Education mobile application design for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Project Description:
As an undergraduate research design project, we propose the continued development of the game play modes, reward system, and player profiles for the mobile application Literacy LABELS© that would run on iOS tablet devices. Literacy LABELS© is an emergent literacy app that is designed to improve comprehension skills for students with autism spectrum disorders(ASD), students with developmental disabilities or delays, and/or for typical development preschoolers. The app teaches vocabulary instruction by scanning QR codes on printed labels with the iPad camera and by playing games in the application to reinforce skills. (See images on website( Currently, the basic flow of the scanning mode has been developed and is being evaluated in the PU speech-language clinic. The continued development will include creation of the game play modes, the reward system, and the player profiles. The end goals are to have a complete working prototype for final testing on children with ASD at Purdue University.
Expected Student Contributions:
Beneficial learning experiences for the students include: 1. Iterative Software Development: The student will be developing new code and modifying existing code based on evaluation feedback from clinicians who are currently using the prototype. 2. Application development for users with special needs: Understand the learning characteristics and special needs of children with autism and make design decisions based on these needs. Learn about Purdue’s previous and ongoing app development and approach to designing technology for children with special needs; access to successful apps in the area of autism intervention(e.g., SPEAKall!, SPEAKone!, MAKEit!). Get an insight into clinical research in autism intervention, and use research results to inform product development.
Related Website(s):
Literacy LABELS website: Nancy Rasche's personal website: Oliver Wendt's company website: Speak Modalities
Desired Qualifications:
iOS coding experience preferred Junior or Senior level preferred 3.0 GPA preferred
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Rasche, Nancy
computer graphics technology/Purdue Polytechnic

Student Supervisor

Nancy Rasche
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Oliver Wendt
SLHS/College of Health and Human Sciences