Meltdowns are challenging. They’re painful for the individuals experiencing them, they’re heartbreaking for the parents witnessing them…they’re just no fun for anyone.
But what if you were equipped with a tool that could predict meltdowns—and thus help you prevent them? That’s not just wishful thinking; in just two to five years, a tool like this may actually become reality. It’s called the Bio sensor wristband.
As the name implies, this futuristic piece of technology will be worn around the wrist, measuring heart rate, sweat production, skin temperature, and arm movement. A spike in these factors could warn of an impending meltdown. Parents and caretakers, who would be monitoring the data through an app, could then remove the individual from the stressful or overwhelming situation. The wristband also allows users to view past data via a secure server, allowing parents and caretakers to study it and detect meltdown trends and triggers.
This breakthrough invention is exciting in general, but it could be especially helpful for those who are nonverbal or have limited speech. They may not be able to communicate when they need a break from a situation; with the Bio sensor wristband, however their bodies would be able to speak for them.
But before you get too excited, a fair word of warning from Dr. Matthew Goodwin, the inventor: “I need to be clear that we are not reading minds. Bio sensors aren’t magic—they still need a human to interpret them.”
Nevertheless, it’s an exciting development. It’s something that could not only help people on the spectrum, but also keep them safe, as those with ASD have a propensity to wander during a meltdown. At best, wandering gives parents a fright; at worst, it endangers the individual’s life. Learn more about how you can help wandering kids with autism through this Gift That Gives More™.
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.