Simulating the Sensory Experience of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as Autism, is a neurodevelopment disorder causing altered social interactions, “communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in every 68 children born in the United States are diagnosed with Autism, with symptoms arising during the ages of 2 and 3, affecting over 2 million individuals in the United States alone.

In a previously published article, Dr. Paul Wang speaks about his push for Autism recognition of the issues those with and the families of those with Autism encounter on a daily basis.  In the midst of bringing further attention to Autism, Dr. Wang developed 5 simulations to demonstrate the sensory overloads and challenges those with Autism experience with daily duties. Mashable  posted the YouTube videos where you can experience five Simulations of Sensory Overload

Simulators have a long-standing reputation of being an effective tool for teaching; but to learn the human experience through simulation could be an emerging technology for information science.  Libraries could one day they store and share experiences through simulations similarly to the way we share experiences through writing.

View resources about Autism at Rebecca Crown library

Resource:

http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

 

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