App and robot team up with Mozart sonata to enhance quality of life for children with autism

Empowering Neurodiversity: How the UV Team Uses Cutting-Edge Technology to Improve Quality of Life for Autistic Minors

A team from the Brain Research Center of the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) is using cutting-edge technology to improve the quality of life for minors diagnosed with autism. The team is focusing on using therapies and enriched environments before resorting to medications.

Anllely Grizzet Gutiérrez Rodríguez, a specialist in the neurobiology of autism, explained that autism is a neurobiological disorder that presents itself in childhood, characterized by communication and social interaction difficulties, as well as restrictive and repetitive interests. Autism spectrum disorder is not a curable disease, and there are no medications to eradicate it. Individuals with autism have different brain connections, with an excess of neuronal connections in some areas and a decrease in others.

The UV team aims to make the brain connections of autistic individuals more closely resemble those of neurotypical persons through therapy and enriched environments. To this end, they have developed the Reading-Writing in Autism (LEA) web application, tailored to stimulate reading and writing skills in individuals with autism. The application consists of eight sections focusing on different aspects and includes exercises of varying complexity to enhance skills. Additionally, the team has used controlled stimulation with Mozart’s Sonata for piano to reduce cardiorespiratory parameters associated with anxiety in children with autism.

Furthermore, the team has introduced a robot in a special classroom to increase attention spans in children with autism. By recording the children’s movements and analyzing their attention to the robot, the team observed an increase in attention time with periodic stimulation. The team is also working on stimulating facial muscles in individuals with autism to improve their expressions, using a robotic arm. Researchers are conducting various studies to enhance the lives of individuals with autism through innovative tools and therapies.

The UV team’s approach is unique as they focus on using non-invasive methods such as therapy and enriched environments rather than medication for treating autism spectrum disorder. They believe that by making small changes in daily routines or providing additional support can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life.

Overall, this research shows promise for improving outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder through innovative approaches that take into account their unique needs and challenges.

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