Interviews highlighted common negative experiences amongst individuals after entering school, as a child with communication challenges.
Rita | HoH Individual
"Entering school was very hard because of no memory of sounds there. There was new everything! I really struggled to keep up".
Zheng | HoH individual
"My mother would pre-teach me all the lessons using LSL, at home every night so that I would be able to keep up with others!
Jan | Mother & Expert
“It was very difficult. I had no one to talk to. No experience!
I just kept working with him without knowing if it was helping!”
Children who are HoH struggle after entering school because the existing lag in language development shakes their confidence in handling communication challenges. These challenges can shape future successes and failures.
The struggle after entering school
What does it take to succeed?
Continue LSL training at home even after entering school
Encourage independence and practice self training from childhood
Provide feedback and guidance to parents
Observations at the Weingarten school at Redwood City helped in defining experience principles
Multi - Sensory Feedback
Exposure to vocabulary
Memory of language
Tested the basic prototype with HoH individuals to test if digital imagery and sound could be perceived appropriately.
Storyboarding ideas for exploration and validation.
The goal while designing the character was simplicity in form for ease during animation and gender neutrality.
Iterating To Final Design
For HoH Child
Text, lip reading, sound, visual and AR
Natural language processing, voice assistance
Customizable features, play dates, new vocabulary