Autism Technology

Yup!  I’m a bit of a Luddite.  And I’m not afraid to admit it.  It takes a lot for me to try the latest gadget.  A Fitbit?  Nope.  I don’t have one of those yet.  PVR.  Yikes!  Will someone come over to my house and walk me through the steps?  Heck, I’ve been driving gearshift since I got behind the wheel of a car umpteen years ago.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate innovation.  Far from it.  So when I read last week about a new wearable sensor system developed at the University of B.C. I sat up and took notice.  It’s called Reveal (http://www.awakelabs.com) It’s an ankle bracelet that monitors sweat, heart rate and skin temperature and transmits that data via Bluetooth in real time to a smartphone app.  But here’s why it’s so important.  It can give parents and other caregivers of children with ASD a warning that could head off a frightening anxiety attack.

If the parent knows that the meltdown is about to begin, that it’s a lot earlier to intervene early with a calm-down routine.  Older children might be able to use the device to keep in touch with their own emotions and help to regulate them themselves.

Right now the device is in pre-testing and there are great hopes that this will become a start-up business in the near future.  Stay tuned for future developments, as they say.
 

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