Supporting Personal Narrative for Children with Complex Communication Needs

Rolf Black, Annalu Waller, Ross John Turner, Ehud Baruch Reiter

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

22 Citations (Scopus)


Children with complex communication needs who use voice output communication aids seldom engage in extended conversation. The “How was School today...?” system has been designed to enable such children to talk about their school day. The system uses data-to-text technology to generate narratives from sensor data. Observations, interviews and prototyping were used to ensure that stakeholders were involved in the design of the system. Evaluations with three children showed that the prototype system, which automatically generates utterances, has the potential to support disabled individuals to participate better in interactive conversation. Analysis of a conversational transcript and observations indicate that the children were able to access relevant conversation and had more control in the conversation in comparison to their usual interactions where control lay mainly with the speaking partner. Further research to develop an improved, more rugged system that supports users with different levels of language ability is now underway.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15
Number of pages35
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Bibliographical note

On author's personal website, employer's website or funder's mandated repository only
On a non-profit server
Pre-prints can be deposited on public repositories as long as accompanied by ACM copyright notice upon transfer of copyright
Post-prints can only be deposited in public repositories with explicit permission of publisher
Cannot use publisher version
Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
Must link to publisher version with statement that this is the definitive version and DOI
Must state that version on repository is the authors version
Set statement "© ACM, YYYY. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in PUBLICATION, {VOL#, ISS#, (DATE)}"


Dive into the research topics of 'Supporting Personal Narrative for Children with Complex Communication Needs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this