SIDES: A Cooperative Tabletop Computer Game for Social Skills Development

Anne Marie Piper, Eileen O'Brien, Meredith Ringel Morris, Terry Winograd
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 2006
This paper presents a design case study of SIDES: Shared Interfaces to Develop Effective Social Skills. SIDES is a tool designed to help adolescents with Aspergerís Syndrome practice effective group work skills using a four-player cooperative computer game that runs on tabletop technology. We present the design process and evaluation of SIDES conducted over six months with a middle school social group therapy class. Our findings indicate that cooperative tabletop computer games are a motivating and supportive tool for facilitating effective group work among our target population and reveal several design lessons to inform the development of similar systems.