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Wearable Device Promotes Socialization in Kids With Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorders | JAMA | JAMA Network

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A wearable device driven by artificial intelligence significantly improved socialization in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in combination with standard behavioral therapy, found a trial in JAMA Pediatrics.

A total of 71 participants, aged 6 to 12 years, were randomly assigned to receive behavioral therapy (15 to 20 hours per week) and the Superpower Glass (SG) intervention or behavioral therapy alone (control) for 6 weeks. A machine-learning tool in the form of eye glasses, the SG tracks faces and provides visual and auditory clues in real time to help interpret emotions and engage appropriately. Children used the device for 20 minutes 3 times per week with family members and once per week with a behavioral therapist.

Children in the SG group showed significant improvements in social behaviors, as measured by a 4.58-point average increase on the Vineland Adaptive Behaviors Scale socialization subscale relative to the control group. The study demonstrates “the potential of digital home therapy to augment the current standard of care,” wrote the authors.

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