WebMoti (Webchair 4.0 and T2 Sound Pillows from TAD Inc.) is an educational tool that combines visual, aural, and vibro-tactile stimuli to support children with autism in self regulating, and their teachers in classroom management and meeting curriculum expectations a technology. Webchair, a portable teleconferencing unit, allows remote access with sound and video controls, while, Sound Pillows provide comfortable and flexible tactile output.
Children with autism are excluded from social, cultural and health opportunities as a result of inaccessible environmental designs. Autistic children can become mentally and physically overloaded when required to constantly communicate their needs to others. By using the WebMoti in classrooms, autistic children can enhance social, communication and interpersonal skills, while gaining self-esteem and managing their sensory environment.
Schools with support programs and teachers of autistic children can use WebMoti to improve classroom management, decrease misconduct, and improve learning. Families with autistic children can use WebMoti to manage multiple and time consuming appointments (such as doctors, autism therapists and counsellors) with reduced stress.
The WebMoti allows autistic children access to resources locally and internationally through audio visual conferencing technology. The multi-modal system provides individual functionality for self representation and interaction preferences. A sensory substitution system to control sensory inputs and outputs enables sound to be replaced or in combination with vibration, for example.
We are currently looking for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who would be willing to participate in a paid study by attending classes remotely with the use of WebMoti. To learn more about the study and how to participate please click here.
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