Lauren Clarke

About your project:

The design ‘problem’ I answered through my Final Major Project was the lack of reading resources for children between the ages of five and ten, who have been diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance. Pathological Demand Avoidance is an anxiety based behavioural difficulty which has only recently been fully recognised. The concept came from personal inspiration because my six-year-old cousin Amber was diagnosed with PDA last year and I immediately noticed the lack of non-clinical learning resources provided to her.

After recognising this problem, I decided to use it as my Major Project subject in order to create something personal and genuinely helpful. I decided to ‘collaborate’; with Amber to create the concept for a collection of children’s books. Together we created a character, a bumble bee named ‘Tiger’, and after analysing her behaviour and what she responds positively/negatively to, the concept for a few storylines were also created.

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