Okay, so it may seem a little far fetched–Google Glass helping teens with autism? Seems a bit too futuristic, right? Well, according to a recent article by CNBC, Google Glass could be the next huge thing in helping teens with autism move through daily life with more ease. For a teen with autism, the adolescent years are paramount in developing the ability to recognize social cues more easily and Google Glass has been shown to help with that.
How Google Glass is helping teens with autism
Autism spectrum disorder isn’t necessarily “rare.” Around 1 in 68 children has autism–that’s a lot of children. Noticing it early and starting therapy early are extremely important for helping teens with autism become successful adults. Because the number of those being diagnosed with autism is rising, there’s a shortage of therapists that can help these children and teens with autism. This is why the Autism Glass Project is so important and possibly revolutionary.
A team of researchers at Stanford University worked to develop facial recognition software that could run on Google Glass. The software identifies emotions and gives the user hints and cues to what the emotion is–such as an associated color or an emoji. The project has been tested on more than 100 different children with autism and it’s been proven to be extremely helpful. This type of therapeutic tool would be revolutionary because it can work in real time in the real world.
For one 16-year-old boy, this device has helped him improve greatly in only two months of using it. He would only wear it for short periods of time every day, yet his parents have noticed that he’s better at explaining his emotions verbally and making more eye contact. His parents say it was extremely helpful and hope a device like it is developed soon for the public. Through the trials, it’s not hard to see how influential a device like this could be in helping teens with autism prosper and excel.
Helping teens with autism at Seven Stars
Seven Stars combines residential treatment with adventure therapy to create a multifaceted, more effective program for 13 to 18 year old teens struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder.
We embed the objectives we have for each student into daily activities and teach emotional wellness skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, social awareness, academic skills, self-efficacy and prosocial behaviors. At Seven Stars, we strive to help each of our students develop the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.
For more information about how helping teens with autism at Seven Stars works, contact us today at 844-601-1167.