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ASSISTID: Increasing independence in adults with Autism using discrete smartphone prompting.

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PCOFUND-GA-2013-608728.
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European Union - Framework Programme
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This research proposes integrating sensor technologies with behavioural technologies to design a novel self-management intervention for high functioning adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose is to increase independent living by reducing reliance on caregivers for prompts to attend social events, complete daily tasks or engage in social situations. Instead, prompts will be given through a smartphone, which is in keeping with how neurotypical adults increasingly self-manage time and behaviour. Sensor technologies found in the ubiquitous smartphone combined with cheap robust in-home location sensors (iBeacon technology to pinpoint which room in the house the user is in), will capture users’ behaviour, activities and location. Existing interventions are cumbersome and rely on expensive technologies. The proposed intervention goes beyond these by combining readily available and cost-effective commercial products that may be personalised and integrated into the user’s day-to-day life thereby precluding the need for excessive caregiver reliance and prompting in a way that is scalable to great numbers of participants.
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Connected Health-Connecting Health & Life Sciences
Connected Health-Novel Personal Sensing
Connected Health-Chronic Disease Management & Rehabilitation
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Involved Institution: 
Dublin City University (DCU)