New Research Allows for Early Intervention With Autistic Children in Distress

Matthew Goodwin, an Associate Professor with joint appointments in CCIS and Bouve College of Health Sciences, is developing an algorithm to be used in an app aimed at caregivers for autistic children.  The algorithm tracks physiological markers to predict when a child is at risk of having a meltdown and can alert the caregiver to take action to soothe the child or prompt them to use coping strategies.  This is especially useful for autistic children who are prone to aggressive behavior, as they are not always able to communicate when they are upset via words of facial expressions.  By further developing the app, Goodwin may enable many children to be more active and explore the world.