Autism: Transforming Behavioral Therapy with Technology

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[Source:  Science Daily]

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From iPods to cell phone networks, power generation to GPS systems, electrical and computer engineers are producing the technologies we depend on every day. But one electrical engineer, a second-year doctoral student at the University of Kentucky, is combining the latest technologies to support young children on the autism spectrum.

Using computer vision, signal processing and privacy protection, Nkiruka Uzuegbunam, along with electrical and computer engineering Associate Professor Sen-ching Samson Cheung, have developed “MEBook,” a combination of a social narrative and gaming system that psychologists and parents can use as behavioral therapies for autistic children.

Uzuegbunam and Cheung developed the technology in conjunction with Uzuegbunam’s counterpart Wing Hang “Venus” Wong, a Ph.D. student in the College of Education, and Lisa Ruble, professor in the College of Education and autism services researcher.

“They are all necessary for the success of MEBook and have been instrumental in getting it off the ground, tested and continually improved,” Uzuegbunam said.

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