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A new approach in treating autism

Topics: Children, Psychology, Research, Technology

Google Glass Smart Glasses can improve the social skills of children with autism, Stanford University staff said. This is a simpler and more accessible method of therapy than a visit to a psychotherapist. According to The Daily Mail, an experiment was conducted that taught children to understand facial expressions and social signals. In autism, it is difficult for children to withstand eye contact, to interpret basic emotions, which causes problems with socialization.

As part of the experiment, children aged 6-12 years old used Google Glass several times a week. Glasses with a camera, a small screen at the right eye and a speaker, worked together with a smartphone. The system provides the user with visual and audio information. So, when the camera captures someone's face, Emoji appears on the screen and an audio tip ("sad", "cheerful", "surprised", etc.) appears.

The learning process itself takes place in a playful way. In the first game, the child receives clues on how to evoke certain emotions. For example, to get joy, you need to tell a joke. The second game is "guess my emotion." Parents ask the child to guess which of the eight emotions they represent. The last game takes place in the "free mode". The child receives sound and visual cues regarding the emotions of any person who comes in contact with them.