Autism

By Laura Lovett May 15, 2018
Earlier this month Otsimo, a digital health startup focused on developmental disorders, rolled out an expansion of its app in the US to help kids with autism, down syndrome, and other cognitive learning disorders.  The Turkish startup offers more than 50 different games through its app that target specific areas of development. For example, the app lets kids focus on specific skills such as...
By Laura Lovett April 19, 2018
Data analytics startup Trayt is launching a new app that helps patients living with neurodevelopmental and brain disorders, as well as their caregivers, track behavioral and non-behavioral symptoms. The app has a comorbid rating scale, as well as measurements of how effective treatments are. It can also give progress reports and provides users with actionable insights.  “As a parent of a child...
By Heather Mack April 5, 2017
There’s plenty of debate about the impact of consumer-level computer or video games on children’s brains. But a new study from the University of California, San Francisco published in PLOS One shows that, in a clinical setting, games that have been developed to function as a medical device may be beneficial to children with certain cognitive impairments. UCSF and Akili Interactive Labs, which is...
By Heather Mack September 15, 2016
Bethesda, Maryland-based RightEye, a health technology company that makes a cloud-based eye-tracking technology system and software, announced it has acquired the exclusive rights to two eye movement tests: one that aids physicians in quickly identifying early stages of autism in children 12 to 40 months old, and another to detect Parkinson’s disease in all ages. RightEye’s proprietary software...
By Jonah Comstock November 9, 2015
Duke Medicine is one of the organizations that recently launched a ResearchKit app in the second wave of iPhone-enabled clinical trials. At the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, Director of Mobile Technology Strategy and Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University, gave some advice to other organizations that might be considering a ResearchKit...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2015
One of the great but nebulous promises of wearable health trackers is that, by monitoring something 24-7 that previously was only ever monitored intermittently, it will help us discover new things about our bodies and health. MIT Professor and Empatica Chief Scientist Rosalind Picard can do one better -- a wearable device she designed helped her to make an accidental discovery that could change...
By Aditi Pai March 3, 2015
Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs has partnered with Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism (DELSIA), a not-for-profit subsidiary of Autism Speaks. DELSIA is funding an efficacy study of Akili's iOS-based game, called Project: EVO, with children that have high-functioning autism and ADHD. The trial will be a blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study "that will look to measure cognitive...
By Jonah Comstock December 23, 2014
Samsung Canada has partnered with Autism Speaks Canada to launch "Look At Me", an Android tablet app designed to help children with autism improve their eye contact and social skills. The app will be available for free on Google Play for various Samsung Galaxy Tab, Note, and Zoom devices. Samsung is also launching The Look At Me Project, an initiative to give away 200 free tablets to Canadian...
By Aditi Pai July 31, 2013
TalkRocket Go Autism researchers at the University of Kansas received a $1.2 million grant from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Communication Intervention for Preschoolers Learning to use AAC (CI-PAAC) to test iPad app to help children with social communication. Many young children with autism have communication barriers, and while alternative and augmentative...
By Brian Dolan April 27, 2011
Aging-in-place technology provider, Adiant Solutions, has released a new GPS safety and tracking bracelet aimed at families of children with autism as well as people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The new bracelet, called S-911 offers real-time tracking for any person with a cognitive disorder that leads to the tendency to wander or run off. The S-911 bracelet provides up-to-the-second (...

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