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LifePal: A Mobile Self-Management Tool for Supporting Young People with Autism

Skillen, Kerry-Louise, Donnelly, Mark, Nugent, Chris and Booth, Nichola (2015) LifePal: A Mobile Self-Management Tool for Supporting Young People with Autism. In: 14th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2016, Paphos, Cyprus. Springer Verlag. Vol 57 6 pp. [Conference contribution]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32703-7_227

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32703-7_227


People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) cope with a life-long condition that can affect communication skills and social interaction. This can lead to feelings of social anxiety, depression and isolation, especially among young adults with ASD. One strategy to support the needs of people with ASD is to facilitate proper structure and organization in the person’s daily life. This paper presents a technology solution that promotes a self-management paradigm towards empowering people with ASD to enhance their independence and life skills. ‘LifePal’ is a smartphone App that provides users with task management, life-logging, reminding, and travel support. The App is supported via a dedicated web portal that promotes collaboration between caregivers and their dependents, towards defining obtainable life goals. The paper presents implementation details of the core platform services and discusses the results from a two-stage evaluation, conducted over a period of 6 months. Based on the feedback from 20 participants (4 parents (Phase one), 8 child-parent groupings (Phase two)), the findings positively support the potential utility of LifePal, however, highlight the importance of delivering sufficient user training to support adoption.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Assistive technology; Autism spectrum disorder; Education; Near field communication; Personalisation; Self-Management
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:35660
Deposited By: Dr Mark Donnelly
Deposited On:04 Oct 2016 11:27
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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