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Little People, Big Challenges: UX with Kids

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September 16, 2011 10:40 AM

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Conducting UX activities with school-age children is fun and interesting, though it can also be frustrating at times. Children’s abilities change drastically between ages 5 and 12 and in this brief session participants will learn the characteristics of these kids. When planning a project whose user group includes children, there are many details that need to be paid attention to. These aren’t just little people; they have a completely different range of emotional, physical and learning abilities than adults. What makes the youngest in this group feel at ease may make the older children uncomfortable and vice versa. Knowing the difference is important to your success or failure. This session will teach techniques for: working with kids and how their cognitive functioning and emotional maturity might affect their ability to interpret and understand your questions and follow directions, dealing with situations that can arise during research and testing with these age groups, and analyzing findings to give great recommendations to create successful products and services.

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