April isn’t just the month that witnesses the glories of spring, or the celebrations of Easter every other year. In the US, it’s also National Autism Awareness Month. In fact, April 2 is also World Autism Awareness Day. So, in a month that looks to create awareness about autism spectrum disorders, it makes sense for us to look at technology that’s disrupting the space. If there’s any condition in the world, apart from cancer, that commands a healthy slew of apps and devices, it’s autism. In fact, in the past few years, there has even been an incredible boost in the number of wearables and robots that are making waves in the lives of autistic children and adults. So, before the close of the month, let’s take a quick peek at some apps, wearables and robots that are redefining what it means to be autistic.
If there’s any two-foot-tall robot that can help school-going children work through social situations in the classroom, it’s ‘Milo‘.
This cutely but aptly named wearable reduces its wearer’s natural fight-or-flight response to situations that cause stress or anxiety.
One of the more functional bots out there, NAO is especially great since it gives autistic children a chance for enjoyable activity and exercise.
While there are numerous apps in the space, few can compare to the effectiveness of SPEAKall!, which helps autistic children communicate.
A rolling ball of a bot, Leka looks to teach special children through easy yet fun games, and can even play music and smile for them!
Working differently from the other tech on this list, Reveal is a band that aims to predict and ease meltdowns in children who have an ASD.
Boasting a bunch of apps that are integrated with it, Buddy is a robot that looks to teach special children everything it can, including time.
Another humanoid robot, Kaspar looks to increase the social skills of autistic children. This bot can even comb his hair and sing!