Self-Monitoring & Decision Making: Technology has also greatly assisted in our ability to monitor our own behaviors to allow for better decision-making. We currently have the means to monitor the frequency, duration and latency of our behaviors which enables us to know when something is working or not working. There are apps where individuals with autism can log their own behaviors or devices where the behavior is measured automatically (e.g. to monitor the rate of stereotypic behaviors, individuals can be outfitted with a smartwatch). There are apps that also assist with decision-making. By inputting information, apps can guide us as to what course of action we should take.
Social Interactions: Technological advancements have enabled individuals with autism to interact socially with others on platforms that may minimize their deficits. Individuals with autism can sometimes communicate more successfully using electronic platforms. Emails and texts messages allow individuals with autism to thoughtfully craft what they want to convey before sending. They can still connect with other people and alleviate feelings of loneliness without having to navigate all the nuances of body language and voice intonation. There are also apps that can assist with learning these non-verbal nuances. These apps can provide feedback regarding appropriate and inappropriate social behavior (e.g. there is an app aimed at increasing eye contact among children with autism).
Access to Care: Lastly, one of the most important products of technology with the autism community is increasing access to care. With the advent of telehealth, services that are hard to come by in more rural regions of the world are now more accessible. The efficacy of telehealth in the behavioral health sphere has been empirically validated in numerous research studies and insurance payors are starting to accept this model. Applied behavior analysis, an evidence-based best practice treatment for children with autism, is a growing field. However, there is still a shortage of practitioners. Telehealth can help to alleviate this gap.
AnswersNow is attempting to bring tele-ABA to parents and caregivers of children with autism and it is our mission to bring ABA therapy to anyone seeking it through an online, remote service.
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