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Attention processes, Autism spectrum disorder, Interaction, Mental health, Digital games


This work analyzes how children with autism spectrum disorder transform modes of attention to self and forms of interaction in the direct experience in which they play with games built for mental health. This is a qualitative intervention research and the methodological procedures involve an organization with monitoring of game workshops and the analysis of the participants' self-narratives. The context of the experience involves children who are assisted at the Centro de Atenção Psicossocial Infantil [Child Psychosocial Care Center], located in the city of Mossoró-RN and their families, who participate on the program Oficinando em Rede [Networked Workshops] at the Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido. Regarding research instruments, we highlight the researcher's logbook, the transcription of self-narratives recorded in the meetings with family members and children, footage of workshops with the children for later observation of the ways of coordinating interactive processes in the direct work of the researchers using the Aventura Espacial [Space Adventure] game. Workshops are a research tool, as they enable the construction of an experience that favors the transformation of cognitive and subjectivation processes, the learning and caring in the process and the interaction with subjects on the autism spectrum. As a result, we can understand that interacting and playing with the Aventura Espacial game favors the emergence of interactive processes and the communication of children diagnosed with autism.


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Author Biographies

Karla Rosane do Amaral Demoly, Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido

Post Doctorate in Educational Sciences, in the specialty of Philosophy and History of Education. - University of Minho - Braga PT.

Training in Biology of Knowledge and Cultural Biology - Instituto Matriztica - Santiago de Chile.
PhD in Informatics in Education from the Interdisciplinary Center for New Technologies in Education - UFRGS - Porto Alegre/RS/Brazil with a Sandwich Doctorate at the Laboratoire Anthropologie de l'Écriture at EHESS - Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - Paris/France.
Master in Education from the Faculty of Education of UFRGS

Professor at the Graduate Program in Cognition, Technologies and Institutions - UFERSA.
Coordinator of the Oficinando em Rede de Mossoró Program: languages, arts and technologies promoting care and learning in mental health and inclusive education. Extension actions, research and teaching. UFERSA.
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Jordanya Reginaldo Henrique, Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido

Graduated and graduated in Psychology from the State University of Paraíba (2016). Acts as a Clinical Psychologist, serving children, youth, adults and the elderly with a psychoanalytic approach. Specialist in Institutional and Clinical Psychopedagogy by Faculdade Vale do Jaguaribe (FVJ-2019) Specialist in Early Intervention in Autism- DENVER Method- by ​​CBI-OF MIAMI (2020) Master in Cognition, Technologies and Institutions by Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-árido ( UFERSA-2019).

Rafael de Almeida Rodrigues, Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido

CNPq scholarship student of the Graduate Program in Computer Science {2019} based on the partnership between the Federal Rural University of the Semi-Arid and the State University of the Semi-Arid, Graduated in Computer Science (2016) from the Federal Rural University of Semi-Arid - UFERSA. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Technological Nucleus of Software Engineering - NTES. Also, since 2013, he has been a member of the Extension Program for Workshop Students in Education and Health. Has experience in the following subjects: technologies, dynamic adaptation in digital games and mental health.

Yákara Vasconcelos Pereira, Federal University of Pernambuco

Currently working as Adjunct Professor (UFPE), Deputy Head of the Department of Administrative Sciences at UFPE and professor of the Postgraduate Program in Hotel and Tourism - PPHTUR/UFPE (masters degree) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). I have a PhD (2012- CAPES scholarship), a masters degree (2006- scholarship) and a graduation degree (2002) in Administration (UFPE). I was a permanent professor for the academic masters degree in in Environment, Society and Technology at UFERSA, and served as deputy head of the Digital Media Department at UFPB (in 2018), in addition to participating in the implementation of the course in the vice-coordination of the academic masters degree of the Postgraduate Program in Cognition, Technologies and Institutions (PPGCTI - rating 4) from the Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido (2016-2017) and was a permanent professor from 2016 to 2019, besides coordinating the specialization in Strategic Service Management (2015-2016) in which I was the course founder, as well as coordinating the graduation in Administration (UFERSA), between 2012 and 2014 (when I led the change and update of the courses pedagogical project). I gained professional experience working in a French multinational (Accor Hotels) and in different educational institutions (UFPB, UFERSA, UERN, Mater Christi Faculty, FBV, ESUDA, FUNESA and Senac-Recife). I am also a member of the CNPq Research Groups and research mainly the following topics: international entrepreneurship, strategic administration, tourism and hotel management. I have academic papers published in events and scientific journals, in addition to working as an evaluator of books and scientific articles (academic events and journals).

Laryssa Dayanna Costa Pereira, Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido

Graduated in Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte-UERN. Acted as: Volunteer of the Institutional Scholarship Program for Scientific Initiation of the Oncology and Hematology Center of Mossoró (PIBIC-COHM); Scholarship holder of the Institutional Teaching Initiation Scholarship Program - PIBID; Volunteer of the Health Education Program for Work - PET-SAÚDE; Volunteer of the Nursing Tutorial Program of Mossoró-RN - PETEM. Master in Cognition, Technologies and Institutions by the Graduate Program in Cognition, Technologies and Institutions - PPGCTI at Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido (UFERSA). Scholarship holder by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) (2019-2020). He currently works as an Assistant Therapist in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis or Applied Behavior Analysis).

Maria de Fátima de Lima das Chagas, Núcleo de Tecnologia Educacional Municipal

PhD in Education - UNISC
PhD in Educational Sciences (Educational Technology) - UMINHO
Master in Environment, Technology and Society - UFERSA
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Science ID 0716-FA63-8E47
Scopus Author Id=57205508878
Researcher ID R-9561-2018



How to Cite

Demoly, K. R. do A., Henrique, J. R., Rodrigues, R. de A., Pereira, Y. V., Pereira, L. D. C., & Chagas, M. de F. de L. das. (2023). ATTENTION TO SELF AND TO OTHERS IN THE EXPERIENCE OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN WITH THE AVENTURA ESPACIAL GAME. In SciELO Preprints.


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