+ME. CONNECTING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM'S INNER VOICE WITH THE OUTER WORLD.

Category: Light Insights
November 30, 2015

“+me” is the project whose aim is to provide a proof-of-concept named as “transitional wearable to facilitate social interaction and support the development of social skills of children with autism by leveraging highly motivating sensorial feedbacks.

After having positive sensory feedbacks as a reward, children with autism tend to focus more on the interpersonal communication and achieving their goals during the learning activities. Real world’s expectations and judgments involved in social contexts might appear “unsafe” to children with autism and this makes social interactions problematic. Many children with ASD develop an attachment to a “transitional object”, e.g. a teddy bear. This is used as a reliable source of soothing and confidence during the exploration of the world independently of parents and caregivers.

The transitional wearable is also connected to a tablet through a wireless connectivity interface (i.e., Bluetooth®). Through the tablet it is possible to adjust the type of feedbacks the pillow returns. The feedback (i.e., sound, music, light) can thus be either directly caused by the child’s action, or it can be controlled remotely by an adult to encourage communication. It also provides four different symmetrical parts with separated LED and touch-sensitive sensors to change its colors or sounds depending on the tasks that they do during their therapies. The prototype of this version is responsible for three main tasks: (1) periodically providing sensory feedbacks through four different LEDs and speakers; (2) acquiring data from the children’s touch on defined areas of the pillow through touch sensors; and (3) adjusting/changing the feedbacks depending on the tasks given from the therapists.

To know more about the project, visit www.plusme.it

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