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The Tovertafel Unique is a playful care and education innovation that helps children with an autism spectrum disorder with the development of their social and cognitive abilities and brings them together in a magical way.

What is the Tovertafel Unique?

Sitting at table together or waiting their turn, for many children with a developmental or autism spectrum disorder playing together is far from easy. They find it difficult, for instance, to keep their attention on their playing, or struggle with language and communication, or with making eye contact. This makes playing with their fellows difficult, while it is especially important for them to stimulate play as early in their development as possible. The interactive games of the Tovertafel Unique create shared attention on the table and allows the children to practice social interaction and language development.


The Tovertafel is a little box that can be mounted on the ceiling, for instance, above the table in the play room or gym. Inside the box is, among other things, a high-quality projector, infrared sensors, speaker, and processor that work together to project the games onto the table or the ground. Because the colourful objects respond to hand and arm movements, the children get to play with the light itself and the table seems truly magical. Learn more about the Tovertafel’s specifications

How was the Tovertafel developed?

Research is central to what we do. Not only did the Tovertafel emerge from the PhD research of Hester Le Riche, all our products are the result of a thorough design process. At Active Cues, we always have several students doing research for their studies.

We develop the Tovertafel Unique in an explorative project called Active Cues for Autism. Since September 2015, we have worked together with children, teachers, therapists, and researchers to learn how the Interactive projections of the Tovertafel can help children with autism spectrum disorder.

Through co-design, we developed games that can help these children play together and learn together. This project was funded by the Creative Industries Fund, grant for E-Culture

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Benefits of the Tovertafel Unique

  • The Tovertafel Unique increases the likelihood of self-sufficiency and participation in children with autism (ASD).
  • The Tovertafel Unique creates special moments of contact between children with and without ASD and their activity counsellors.
  • The playful and interactive light projections and accompanying sounds attract and keep the children’s attention.
  • The games create a shared attention and helps children practice their social, cognitive, and (fine) motor skills.
  •  Get started right away: the Tovertafel is ready to use and requires no setup time
  • The Tovertafel is simple and intuitive to use, which allows you to focus all your time and attention on the children when they are playing.
  • Practice playing together in a safe space: light can’t break and you won’t hurt yourself!
  • The games are developed through co-design: in close cooperation with children, teachers, therapists and experts from across the world. The games are based on scientific research on children with ASD.

Purchasing a Tovertafel

We place a high value on quality and service, and with our extensive service we ensure that the installation and use of Tovertafel is as simple as possible. For more information about the costs, please contact us.

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Why Active Cues?

Training & support

Discover all the possibilities of the Tovertafel! After the Tovertafel is installed, we offer staff and family members extensive support on the daily use of the Tovertafel. We even provide you with a special Tovertafel buddy!

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Because we use the co-design method and actively involve our target groups in the design process, we can tailor our products to their needs and interest. That way, we ensure that games will stimulate them as best as possible

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Scientific research

The Tovertafel is based on scientific research. In her PhD research, Hester Le Riche studied how the physical and social environment affect activity among older people with dementia. She also did a literature study into their play experiences.

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Do you have questions about the Tovertafel, or do you want to know more about purchasing the Tovertafel or one of its games? Then perhaps you can find the answer in the FAQs. If you would prefer to speak to someone in person, please get in touch.

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