It's not uncommon for young children to fight scheduled routines. They may throw a brief temper tantrum to try to get out of a nap, or push back on eating dinner because they'd rather play with their toys. However, for children with autism, routines, schedules and rituals are incredibly important. In fact, they are a necessity. If an abrupt change occurs in a normal day-to-day agenda, it can result in major meltdowns and huge setbacks for the child. Not to mention how challenging that can be for the people who love them the most.
In recent years, technology has played a huge developmental role for autistic individuals. According to www.AutismSpeaks.org
, "some new technologies can improve communication, assist in the development of social skills, and enhance the ability to learn."
Not only can technology help improve the quality of life for someone with autism, but it can also help to ease concern and anxiety for parents with young ones suffering with the disorder. Home automation is one case-in-point. For the Buzzard family
, it has made all the difference in helping to supress emotional distress for little Brody, and has allowed his parents to enjoy a lot more peace of mind.
“Our son, Brody, will open the door at night—I’m sure like a lot of 2 or 3 year olds. But with kids with autism, especially our son, he makes no sound. If he opens his door, it will turn on the lights in our master bedroom and it will say something over the speakers. I absolutely love it. I don’t know what I would do without home automation and Control4.”
Check out our project spotlight “Automation for Autism
” or watch the video below to see how home automation helps this family break through the barriers of autism.