The smart home has been a long time coming, but statistics suggest that the majority of American homeowners will live in a smart home within a few years. Broadband TV News most recently reported statistics showing that 43% of homes would be smart-enabled by the end of 2019, a figure that appears to be ringing true. With the advent of smart technology, which can easily be integrated with EDMR tappers, has come the capability to make the home an intuitive and conducive environment to help those on the autistic spectrum to feel comfortable and safe.
The symptoms of autistic spectrum conditions are multi-faceted, but one of the most common is an adverse reaction to sensory stimulation that might otherwise be innocuous. A study undertaken at the University of California found that 96% of children on the autistic spectrum experience hyper- or hypo-sensitivity. A smart home plays a key role in managing this, by giving a believable expectation of a home that can be carefully and calmly managed in terms of the senses. Heat is a great example of this. With older heating systems, it can be hard to finely manage the heat of a home, and this can cause distress for those diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions. Modern thermostats provide exacting control by having constant input into the heat of the home, allowing confident management of temperature.
Providing comfortable spaces
Many people with a condition on the autistic spectrum will have a safe space within their home that acts as a place to head to when feeling panicked or over-sensitized. A smart home can augment and improve this space to new levels. By tying in modern technology with the house, a sensitive and intelligent environment can be created. For instance, a Tapper tool could be linked through to smart walls, which can subtly and softly change colors. The initial action will reduce stress, and with a gentle change in the makeup of the room to calm, or favored colors, stress can be effectively reduced and provide comfort for the resident.
A safety net
Smart technology also provides protection against third party influences that may be exacerbated where people with autistic spectrum conditions are concerned. Smart doorbells, security systems, and integrated systems that have contact with emergency services are all of great assistance. For parents, they offer a particular benefit. According to Berkshire Hathaway BusinessWire, 49% of children with an autistic spectrum condition will wander away from the home; having a smart home that allows gentle and secure monitoring of the family provides a world of benefit, both to the parent and the child. For the parent, EDMR buzzers linked into the smart home system can also help to provide respite and clarity in difficult situations.
For people on the autistic spectrum, older homes can be challenging to thrive in. Through the smart home, conditions can be effectively managed and these people helped to be safe and comfortable. Parents are helped, too, creating a situation where the entire family can grow together.
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