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Psicologia Clínica

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OLIVEIRA, Lia Raquel et al. TEAComplex: a tactile digital platform for people with autistic disorder, based on the perspective of complexity. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2019, vol.31, n.2, pp. 303-322. ISSN 0103-5665.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a reality which current society is ever more aware of. Despite the assortment of existing approaches, the intended goal of social integration is still far from being reached. We plan to create a digital platform for children who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder based on the theories of Complexity, Cognitive Biology, and Second Cybernetics. This platform is meant to help these children in building and developing their self-conciousness, essential to their process of self-building and consequent social involvement. We intend to promote an innovative approach distinct from current ones, which are focused on cognitivism and constructivism. This new approach takes into consideration the most recent neuro-scientific discoveries, autopoietic skills and neuroplasticity. We believe that such an approach will help in overcoming the great social barrier commonly present in autism, which is communication. The methodology to be used starts from an analysis of the history of caring for the subjects of research in videos, sound recordings and researchers' logbooks to identify the main demands of these children and then proceed to build the platform capabilities, using the assumptions of complexity. From there, a platform prototype will be developed.

Keywords : Autism Spectrum Disorder; Theory of Complexity; self-consciousness; digital platform; autopoiesis.

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