Brief Report: Just-in-Time Visual Supports to Children with Autism via the Apple Watch:® A Pilot Feasibility Study
Author(s)O’Brien, Amanda; Schlosser, Ralf W.; Shane, Howard C.; Abramson, Jennifer; Allen, Anna A.; Flynn, Suzanne; Yu, Christina; Dimery, Katherine; ... Show more Show less
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Using augmented input might be an effective means for supplementing spoken language for children with autism who have difficulties following spoken directives. This study aimed to (a) explore whether JIT-delivered scene cues (photos, video clips) via the Apple Watch® enable children with autism to carry out directives they were unable to implement with speech alone, and (b) test the feasibility of the Apple Watch® (with a focus on display size). Results indicated that the hierarchical JIT supports enabled five children with autism to carry out the majority of directives. Hence, the relatively small display size of the Apple Watch does not seem to hinder children with autism to glean critical information from visual supports.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
O’Brien, Amanda, Ralf W. Schlosser, Howard C. Shane, Jennifer Abramson, Anna A. Allen, Suzanne Flynn, Christina Yu, and Katherine Dimery. “Brief Report: Just-in-Time Visual Supports to Children with Autism via the Apple Watch:® A Pilot Feasibility Study.” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 46, no. 12 (August 29, 2016): 3818–3823.
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