Baby Steps

We are interested in designing technology to help detect, record, and track important developmental milestones that occur in children during their first 5 years of life. By tracking these milestones, we can help parents and healthcare providers detect developmental delays such as autism or deafness earlier, which can improve the effects of interventions. We have developed design guidelines for developing technology to support new parents in record-keeping and implementing novel technologies to support better record-keeping and decision-making about developmental progress. We have also designed and evaluated two systems called Baby Steps and KidCam, which were aimed to meet the record-keeping needs of new parents. We are currently in the process of developing a web portal with subsequent text messaging, Twitter, and Facebook links to help make tracking more interesting and motivating.

Baby Steps is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Publications

Understanding Parent-Pediatrician Interaction for the Design of Health Technologies
Julie A. Kientz
ACM International Health Informatics Symposium, 2010. Full Paper (PDF)
KidCam: Toward an Effective Technology for the Capture of Children's Moments of Interest
Julie A. Kientz and Gregory Abowd
Pervasive, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)
Baby Steps: Evaluation of a System to Support Record-Keeping for Parents of Young Children Baby Steps: Evaluation of a System to Support Record-Keeping for Parents of Young Children
Julie A. Kientz, Rosa I. Arriaga and Gregory Abowd
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)