A Class 12 pupil of a Delhi faculty has developed “We Can Express”, a cellular-primarily based utility for folks affected by autism spectrum disorder that can help them work together and communicate simply and in addition present a platform to handle a person’s each day schedule utilizing distinctive photos and icons.
Shruti Kakar, the 17-12 months-outdated developer who research in Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, got here up with an concept to develop this app a 12 months in the past whereas volunteering for the inclusive schooling centre at her faculty.
“I developed the app for people with the disability or inability to communicate verbally. I had met a boy my age some couple of years ago at my mother’s clinic who suffered from mild autism spectrum disorder. It was my first interaction with someone who had this condition. Last year, I volunteered at my school’s inclusive education centre and mentored a child with the condition,” Kakar stated.
Autism spectrum disorder is among the many most typical behavioural problems in kids.
It took Kakar a 12 months to develop the applying. It is pretty easy to use as soon as one indicators up. The first step is to obtain the app. Then one wants to create customised speech icons, and subsequent, the app can be utilized to communicate.
“I researched in detail on what these people like, what colours and images they are comfortable with before working on the app. It is an easy-to-use application, and some users in the spectrum who have difficulty in putting thoughts to words may find it easier to use pictures to communicate and express themselves,” she stated.
“The visual schedule feature is a great tool for the user to complete daily, basic tasks like self-care, visiting a barber etc.,” stated Kakar.
The app is out there each on Google Play retailer and App Store for obtain.
The app is already getting used at just a few locations with constructive suggestions.
“It’s being used primarily in schools as we want children to be familiar with its use. Also, it is easier for children to adapt to a new technology. We are in touch with various special needs schools and hope to make them use this app. I have conducted webinars for feedback and made changes accordingly, like including icons related to Covid-19 pandemic that has masks etc.,” she stated.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), practically one in 10 folks has a psychological well being situation globally. And but, greater than 1 / 4 of the world’s inhabitants dwell in a rustic the place there may be lower than one psychiatrist for each 100,000 folks.
Experts within the subject say apps like these could not resolve everybody’s issues however are positively a step in the fitting path for folks with autism spectrum disorder since they’ve issues in speaking verbally.
“Since we are far from getting a cure for autism spectrum disorder, it helps to add even little, little things into the treatment basket that can make their life easy. Communication is an issue and these apps help in solving that problem. So the more mediums we have the better,” stated Pulkit Sharma, a Delhi-based guide scientific psychologist.