Parents and professional caregivers may have difficulties reading and understanding the non-verbal behavior of people with visual and severe/profound intellectual disabilities. Due to the limited use of symbolism in the child's/client's communication and the lack of eye contact, parents/caregivers and their child/client may have difficulties establishing whether they hold each others attention.
Even though the child's/client's expression of emotions may be inhibited, his/her autonomic nervous system is activated. The bioresponse system uses modern technology to measure this activation of the autonomic nervous system. This system vizualises this activation and thereby provides parents/caregivers with additional information on the child's/client's experienced stress levels. This additional information may support parents/caregivers in better recognizing and understanding of the communicative signals of their child/client.
The bioresponse system consists of the Flower app and a ‘smart sock’. The ‘smart sock’ measures skin conductance, which indirectly measures the amount of stress one experiences. The app visualizes the skin conductance and thus the experienced stress.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Department of Industrial Design
Department of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
Future Everyday group
Clinical Child andFamily Studies section