Autism Spectrum Disorder
As Stephen’s twin girls were growing up, he noticed that Grace was developing differently than her sister Millie and at the age of two Grace was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Since then, Stephen’s mission has been to enter Grace’s world and better understand what she needs, to expose her to new experiences and to celebrate her uniqueness.
But something continuously gnawed at Stephen and escalated as Grace grew.
“What will she do when I am not around?”
“How will she manage tasks of daily living, routines and her schedule?”
“What if she gets lost?”
“How can I best equip Grace to live safely and independently or in a group home when she is older?"
What became clear was that she required a companion, a simple and easy to use digital wearable, that when worn could help her live more independently in the future.
And, as the product for children on the spectrum evolved it became clear to Steve and his growing team that this software could be adapted to support eldercare as well; specifically people living with early stages of dementia and people with chronic illnesses who want to remain in their home, live independently and retain some control over what's has been taken away.
And this is how iCan evolved. A project from the heart that grew legs, will continue to evolve and equip vulnerable populations (and their care providers/givers) with an affordable, comprehensive, easy to use application that supports and/or extends independent living.
How can Olli help children with autism spectrum disorders?
Olli is equipped with an array of sensors that can track health parameters (bio-metrics) and locations through GPS. This gives the device the ability to record health information, sharing it with healthcare providers, and to act as a fitness tracker that builds healthy habits.
The GPS tracking functionality allows the caregiver to create alerts based on proximity (arriving or leaving a place), and track the child’s location in real-time. And in case of emergency, Olli has an SOS function that allows the user to ask for help.
Olli provides tools that allow children to follow through their schedules and routines. It notifies when a task is about to start, and then breaks down the steps necessary to accomplish the task, making it easier to complete for the user. It then awards points for the successful completion of the task, incorporating elements of game play into the routine.
Gamification is the application of game elements in non-game contexts. There is a small but growing body of evidence that suggests that gamification can be a useful tool for the management, care, and independence of persons with mental health issues. Olli leverages this concept in its scheduling and task management tools, making the completion of tasks easier and enjoyable for the child.
The term "spectrum" in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity. All the features that are embedded in Olli have been carefully designed to provide a better quality of life for users in this varied set of personal circumstances and peace of mind for their caretakers.
Autism spectrum disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication
This can also include behaviour patterns that appear limited or repetitive.
When children with ASD are faced with day to day activities they may find it challenging when organizing their schedule, and following the steps necessary to accomplish a task.