A context-sensitive device to help people with autism cope with anxiety

Marziya Mohammedali, Brett Adams, Dinh Phung, Svetha Venkatesh

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We describe a smartphone application that helps people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cope with anxiety attacks. Our prototype provides a one-touch interface for indicating a panic level. The device's response-to instruct, soothe, and/or contact carers-is sensitive to the user's context, consisting of time, location, ambient noise, and nearby friends. Formative evaluation unearths a critical challenge to building assistive technologies for ASD sufferers: can regimented interfaces foster flexible behaviour? Our observations suggest that a delicate balance of design goals is required for a viable assistive technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 May 201112 May 2011
Conference number: 29th

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011
Abbreviated titleCHI 2011


  • Design
  • Experimentation
  • Human factors

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