Biometric wristbands enable carers to ‘see inside’ the person with autism. They monitor minute physiological changes such as skin surface temperature and pulse – and these can point to rising agitation and anxiety. The wristbands also measure three-dimensional limb movements – rapid and repetitive movements are often a sign of increasing anxiety.
When David does settle down to try to sleep, he finds it very difficult. He can become quite upset and can attempt to harm himself. His family and carers have tried numerous approaches to relax him and encourage him to fall asleep peacefully but to no avail. It is hoped that biometrics will give added insight, revealing biological changes within David that may give clues about what’s causing his distress. Results of this pilot are not anticipated for several months.
David’s parents, Kim and Gerry Adamson believe that biometrics could be a way forward to help understand David’s sleep problems. More than that, they believe that biometrics represent a logical step forward in the care and understanding of people with severe autism who aren’t able to articulate for themselves how they are feeling and whose qualify of life suffers greatly as a result.