This week is World Autism Awareness Week, and its aim is to help people understand more about this condition. While the autism stigma still exists, many people are trying to raise awareness about this problem. Researchers are also trying to figure out a way to make the lives of autistic people easier and to help their caregivers understand their needs.
Is Biotech a Solution for Autism Care?
Biometric technology might be the future of autism care. The trials for this type of treatment haven’t started yet. Despite this fact, researchers are enthusiastic about biometric technology. They believe that a wristband with sensors can detect physiological signals and alert the caregivers or clinicians when it senses a high anxiety level.
With the help of this technology, caregivers will be aware of the problem before it reaches a critical level. When an autistic person is anxious or stressed they exhibit erratic behavior that can include self-harm. This is why caregivers need to act fast. Most caregivers try to change their meals or the communication styles. While sometimes these changes work, most of the times they fail and the autistic person becomes more anxious.
Reports have shown that over 33% of people who have autism have been in the hospital for 2 or more years. In another report, researchers observed that 1 in 6 people received unnecessary antidepressants or antipsychotic drugs. This shows that this biometric technology is necessary to help caregivers offer the best support and not misunderstand the problem.
The biometric technology consists of sensors that can monitor changes like heart rate, skin temperature, and limb movements. When all of these change at the same time it can indicate anxiety. The wristband with biometric sensors will transmit the alert to the caregiver. This way, the caregiver will know what is wrong and will offer the necessary treatment asap.