This week we started one of the most exciting and enjoyable stages of our participatory design process with SERÇEV, working with children! Don't look at what we call a child, but we have targeted a fairly large age group, even if they have not been a minor.
In order to understand the world of children with cerebral palsy through their eyes, we have created our own participatory communication workshop. we said. Children in the lead role can be influenced by physical and mental barriers of cerebral palsy, both in different ways and at different levels. For some people with disabilities in the form of speech difficulties, while some of the motor skills may be limited. But for every human being, our potential appears when we focus on what we can do instead of what we cannot do. We asked the question: "How can we build a communication together?"
Together To Learn To Design ...
When we were looking for answers to this question, we came up with the inspiration given to us by the field visit in the field of education. The story of children's success stories, from those who are looking for a printing press to those who wrote the story, showed us that they can achieve everything they put in their heads when the right tools and confidence are provided. We have designed a method in which both children can entertain themselves and can express themselves without being restricted by the tools that should be facilitators.
Briefly speaking, the main purpose of the workshop is to compile the experience of life. 'productive design' or 'creative design' translated as 'generative design' approach. 'What?' If you say, this approach aims to present the tools that the target audience of the design can incorporate into the design process and express the experiences they dreamed of. Throughout this process, we have published BIS publications 'Convivial Toolbox - Generetive Research for the Front End Design' We recommend the book to enthusiasts!
Everyone Has a Right to Speak
While building the workshop, our main goal was to not forget the entertainment factor, which is the sine qua non of working with children, while setting up a communication environment in which different disability groups could be involved. With this thought, we created a full-fledged newspaper scenario after the rainstorm. We have identified a flow where children can make interviews, take photographs and organize their news under the identity of investigative journalist.
In this way, we aimed to create a space where children can freely share their thoughts about life with each other and make their voices heard. While creating all this fiction, SERÇEV team has been guided by reviewing every detail with us.
Editing Inclusive Communication
We can proudly say that this workshop flow was the most detailed of what we have so far created! In all this flow we had to accomplish two challenging tasks: building up the newspaper from headlines to headlines and adapting to different motor skills within an hour of focus.
After creating our first workshop script; For a smooth flow, we've added a number of facilitating details, such as preparing sample questions that children can ask each other, stenciling each stage, combining hand-held materials with felt, etc. Perhaps the most important one was to record the interviews of children with cerebral palsy. Considering the variability of motor skills, taking notes with a talking pen was not an option.
To this end, we have appointed voluntary 'journalist assistants' to the bilateral interview groups that we have formed, aiming the facilitating team to undertake writing and to participate in the scenario. However, the more we increase the number of facilitators, the more children will not be able to speak at the level they can interview. For this reason, we have defined roles such as camera and editor, using all roles in a newspaper. Since our participant group regularly participated in the choral activities of SERÇEV, we were able to determine these roles in advance with the support of the association.
Gamification for Everyone
In order to increase the realistic dose of the newspaper scenario, we thought of the details we had as much fun as we were preparing for ourselves. At the beginning of the workshop, we aimed to give each child a 'cool' journalist glasses and take on their roles. We designed the workshop evaluation with a scenario that will be broadcast by children through a projection device.
Our last stage was the warm-up activity, which is the sine qua non of every workshop. This time, when we look at our current repertoire because we work with a group with far more special requirements than the groups we worked with, we found that we need a new warm-up activity. Starting with the love of music of the choir team, we have set up a warm-up event where everyone can accompany the music with a movement of their choice. By changing the genre of music, we also aimed to provide equal participation of all children according to their motor skills with a flow we changed.
In the final stage of our preparation process, we have supported the creative process we designed with the template materials by adopting the inclusive design approach. We have created a material kit by reusing and redesigning many details from glue-free solutions, hand grasping of materials, adaptation of accessories to the body at this point.
I'll never go 'Everything'
In creating this whole workshop package, we had a process where we had to learn new things all the time. Instead of hoping that everything would go as planned (when would it be?), We could say that we trusted the team's ability to adapt to what we did not expect. As a matter of fact, the most valuable of the discoveries we make are hidden in this süreç not going süreç surprises. it was supporting. The potential of a successful workshop to exemplify similar work in this area is what excites us the most.
The world of children is full of surprises le We look forward to discovering what to discover in their world!