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Wearable technology can change the lives of people with autism.

PRI GEN INT .EDINBURGH FGN10 AUTISM-TECHNOLOGY WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY CAN CHANGE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM IF INVOLVED IN THEIR DESIGN Lauren Gillies Walker Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate Lecturer, University of West Scotland, Naeem・Professor Ramzan, Edinburgh, West Scotland (UK), August 7 (Interview) Many people with autism find it difficult to express their emotions. This can lead to increased anxiety, depression, anger, and physical health problems. Studies have shown that adults with autism are significantly more likely to experience depression and anxiety than adults of the same age. Imagine a future where technology helps regulate people’s emotions and warn them of sensory overload before it overwhelms them. A growing number of technological solutions aimed at helping people regulate their emotions are being developed for people with autism. Some have even adapted technology such as digital heart rate monitors to try to track their stress levels. ) to control emotions using wearable technologies such as A BCI is a direct communication pathway between the brain’s electrical activity and an external device, typically a computer or robotic limb. Talking to the Community But prior to our research, no one had asked for their opinion on how technology could help the autism community. Poor usability is a long-standing problem for autistic users of this technology due to the developers’ lack of awareness of their needs. Wearables for people with autism According to a recent survey, only 10% of his technology addresses their needs, and 90% see autistic traits as shortcomings that need fixing. I was. Our recent study explores how the autistic community thinks about the technologies they have previously used to control their emotions and what they need from the technology. I investigated whether 34 people with autism and their advocates (family members, health and social his care professionals, university staff) participated in the focus group. Presented information about how emotion control techniques can be used. For example, smart watches that detect physiological stress signals and prompt users to initiate coping strategies. The autism community has found that they are enthusiastic about using technology to control their emotions, but it is often too costly, difficult to use without training, and they Our focus group results suggest that wearable technology may be particularly beneficial for people with autism if they are involved in the design process. indicates that there is Living with Autism One participant shared how her daughter deals with emotional issues. Except she doesn’t have her. She hides her insecurities and all that we have no clue about very well! It can also cause a big explosion when you hit it. Care staff, meanwhile, talked about how important it is to understand how people with autism feel. before escalating. It was possible to enter the front to provide a sense of security and distraction. For others it is withdrawn. give them their own space.Another care worker said, “I know there might be a pattern, but I can’t see it.” Participants said technology could make all the difference. ‘s relative said: I want something that he can self-regulate. It tells people how he feels. You can choose a photo that shows how you feel and what people know.Some participants with autism felt they lacked support for those with higher IQs One told us: it feels like you’re walking between two worlds, you’re not that serious, so you’ll get as much support as you could get if you did. I’m not at that point on the spectrum that I need. Recent breakthroughs in the neurodiversity movement have prompted calls for autism research to focus on empowering people with autism and their unique communication styles, rather than trying to modify them. Autistic participants agreed that technological design should promote independence, rather than trying to mask autism. In care settings, they were reluctant to use technology due to lack of confidence in their ability to use it.Other barriers included cost and lack of awareness of existing technology. The results underscored the importance of strategies that take into account personal life goals: A lot of money is spent developing new technologies, but researchers and medical institutions alike are concerned about how they are actually implemented. One person with autism said: If you’re going to build something for someone, ask them what they want. Besides just spitting out, here’s what I’ve made: The amount of papers that claim people have made something for learning disabilities.Have you ever tested it? You have to work with the community to develop the product, the product that tries to change people The aim should be to adapt the environment to the individual’s needs, rather than This new approach not only helps develop useful technology-based support strategies, but also helps create a more inclusive environment for all. (Conversation) PY PY 08071010 NNNN

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