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Role of Technology in Early Intervention Programs

In the ever-changing landscape of education and child development, technology has emerged as a strong ally in forming early intervention programs. Early Intervention programs are designed to support kids with developmental delays or disabilities, and have witnessed a great transformation with the integration of different technological tools.


This blog explores the important role of technology in early intervention and its positive impact on the overall development of young minds.

What are Early Intervention Programs?


USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EARLY INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Early intervention programs have long been accepted as being crucial for addressing developmental delays in neurodiverse children. These developmental delays can also be due to genetic or hereditary conditions, brain trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or simply because the brain is developing slowly. These early intervention programs focus on providing timely and targeted support to boost your child's cognitive, social, and emotional holistic development. From interactive applications to assistive devices, technology successfully complements traditional means, providing personalized interventions, promoting engagement, and optimizing results. One such app working in this segment is the Geniuslane app.


Use of Technology in Early Interventions for Children with Autism


USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EARLY INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that nearly 1 in every 54 US children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In countries like India, 1-1.5% of children aged 2–9 years are diagnosed with ASD.


The commonness of this disorder makes it essential for parents, family members, and teachers to best support children struggling with ASD.


Difficulties Children Face with Autism


It’s common for autistic children to behave in challenging ways or ways that are hard to manage.


For instance, autistic children and teenagers might:

• reject or ignore requests

• behave in a socially inappropriate manner

• Behave violently (hurting oneself or other children – for instance, by head-banging or biting)


The difficulties of raising a child on the autism spectrum can cause parents to feel anxious, depressed, and isolated. Fortunately, research shows that early diagnosis, collaborations between neuropediatricians, psychologists, and therapists, coupled with the use of technology can assist children diagnosed with ASD to better manage the challenges they face.


Technology as a great resource for Parents


Research has highlighted that the characteristics of ASD such as social, communicative, and motor impairments increase the likelihood of loneliness and decrease the opportunities for interactions in individuals with ASD.


In another research led by Dr. Rahul Bharat and Dr. Qazi Uzaina, including other researchers Dr. Sanjay Niranjan, Dr. Tribhuvanesh Yadav, Sue Newman, Jonathan Marriott, Gemma Smith & Garima Sawlani found that app-based support solutions received positive feedback from parents of neurodiverse children and can be used to address basic concerns and deliver parent-led interventions.


Summing Up


Why use Technology to supplement clinical therapies?


The use of technology to supplement clinical therapies, as advised by pediatric neurologists, can offer multiple benefits, improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare interventions. 


Access to Information and Resources:

Technology provides parents, educators, and healthcare professionals with 24x7 and rapid access to a vast amount of information, guidelines, and tips.


Consulting Apps and Digital Tools:

There are applications like Geniuslane and other digital tools designed to support clinical interventions. These tools can assist patients manage their conditions by staying in touch with their pediatric neurologist, adhering to treatment plans, and engaging in self-care activities.


Tailor-made solutions:

From customized learning experiences to virtual therapies and data-included progress tracking, technology can become a valuable asset in the journey toward overall child development.


Hence, the role of technology in early intervention programs is dynamic, providing a spectrum of tools, resources, and applications that cater to the unique requirements of each child. It is important to synchronize the efforts of your pediatric neurologist and these custom-made technological solutions for effective early intervention programs. 

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