Kirikiriroa Conversations

Date Thursday 30 March 2023
Time 3:45pm - 4pm
Where K.G.01
Presenter Hazel Burroughs
Contact Dr. Kyle Barrett
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Screen and Media Studies (SMST) are proud to present another series of Kirikiriroa Conversations. The aim of these kōrerorero is to explore topics of interest from academic staff and graduate students across the University that may be works-in-progress, recently published papers, or general areas of interest! It is an opportunity to explore avenues of research or practice that may not have found a place in a lecture or publication. Why not discuss it in a friendly, open, informal environment? There are no prescribed formats for presenting as long as each conversation will be 15 mins long with 5 mins of questions. Afterward, come along to SMST’s legendary Thirsty Thursdays in our foyer (I.4.20).

Hazel Burroughs, PhD Candidate, Computer Science, The University of Waikato - 30th March 2023

Picturing a Better Future for Children with ADHD

Children with ADHD often struggle to engage in reading due to neurological cognition deficits. Research has shown that neurotypical children engage better with picture books containing specially designed illustrations, typography and interactions. However, there is no research (yet) stating how these same design aspects could help improve reading engagement among children with ADHD. Based on previous investigations, we suspect, children with ADHD require much more interactive picture books with vibrant colours and less text on each page. My research has begun to uncover areas of picture book design that need further investigation into how we can make reading easier for children with ADHD from a design perspective. This ongoing research is likely to help designers understand how to create highly engaging picture books for children with ADHD that support their reading development and make reading a whole lot more fun.