The trial will last for 5 weeks, with two sessions per week for each student. Students are 6-8 years old and have severe autism and complex learning difficulties. The researchers will use Monoma as part of Intensive Interactions in 15-20 minute sessions, using the (a) Turn Taking, (b) Music Improvisation and (c) Sensory Exploration interactions which are three of the fourteen ways to use our system. Aim of the researchers is to qualitatively measure how monoma supports engagement and communication. Moreover we are actively involving school teaching staff in the interactions and get their views as to how these can be improved to better meet the children’s needs
The data for this research will come from our data analytics system of our software and will be crossed checked with video recording data, after the University of Birmingham analyses the video material. The research will be complimented by focus groups interviews of teachers and teaching assistants.
The first phase of the research took part in June and July 2015 and was based on qualitative input, with impressive results. As Jess Carpenter, the Curriculum Lead of the school said:
“The students get a lot from it. Monoma cultivates waiting, turn taking and listening skills. I was amazed to watch how what teach in the class in transferable to other activities using the system. Monoma is fabulous”.
You can read the blog entry of Dr Kossyvaki for the first phase of the study here.
We will be updating frequently on the progress of the research.