Notice the nonverbal

Notice kids’ facial expressions and other nonverbal behaviors to get insights about their emotions. Leaning forward after previously slouching back could indicate engaged concentration. Scrunched eyebrows could mean confusion. Boredom, frustration, and delight are other key emotions to look for. Remember to video record since sometimes it’s harder to notice emotions in the moment!

Why this technique
Kids, especially younger ones, will often not verbalize much, but their faces and physical behaviors will provide valuable insight into how they are feeling and what they may be thinking, which has design implications. For instance, positive expressions like smiles and big giggles can help you to know when to add celebration moments into your product.

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