With the end of the first phase of data collection for evaluating SAM, the team had some time to improve the interactive software in SAM. This software is aimed at engaging the children with the assessment, delivering the story stems and supporting the children throughout the whole assesment. A few changes have been made since we have collected data with the previous version into schools. First, we have introduced a new character that will talk to the children during the whole session. Of course, its name is SAM and this cat will be more than happy to help chidren as they interact with our software! We also added an introductory interactive sequence which, we hope, will help children feel cumfortable with the whole procedure. Our goal is to make SAM the more autonomous possible! It will help collecting better data and make the test even easier to administrate!
The team had the opportunity to exhibit this new version at the scientific conference on Interaction Design for Children 2017. This conference is the main venue for all the scientists, the designers and the educators interested in the design of interactive software for children. This year the conference took place in the prestigious University of Stanford in California. We were happy to see so many attendees interested in attachment and in our SAM application. It was a great pleasure to answer all the questions and show what we have designed so far!
We will be back next year to show our progress and hopefully present our work in the main track of the conference!