Some pretty amazing little gad­gets are bringing new insights into how chil­dren respond to therapy and how we can improve our methods to really make a dif­fer­ence in the homes of our families.

One intriguing tool is a sen­sory wrist band that col­lects infor­ma­tion on a person’s move­ment, body tem­per­a­ture and other internal and phys­ical  responses. Researchers at Boston’s North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and New York’s Center for Dis­covery have been using it to follow what’s hap­pening inside a child with autism in the hours and min­utes before he or she acts out in a class­room. This is pow­erful infor­ma­tion that can help guide a teacher in antic­i­pating – or better, avoiding – melt­downs. It also pro­vides insights for behav­ioral ther­a­pists working with a child to better deal with the sen­sory issues and frus­tra­tions that lead to overload.

Read the article at Autism Speaks →