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Autism Help with PlayBall Smart Therapy and Fitness Game Ball.
"PlayBall by PlayWork Technology can be an important tool for evaluation, treatment and increase motivation of people with ASD - Autism spectrum disorder."

My name is Sarah Seemann, occupational therapist Pediatric specialist with extensive experience evaluating and treating children ages 0-21 with developmental challenges, including children with ASD, Developmental Coordination Disorders, CP, ADHD, Learning disability, and sensory regulation problems. I was a co-owner of OTAP in Princeton, NJ.I consulted with school districts across NJ, NY, and Pennsylvania. (See website Occupational Therapy Associates of Princeton)

Currently one of the troublesome and common disorders for kids in USA and worldwide as about 2 % or more of all children are diagnosed with autism spectrum. Many resources are spent nationwide yearly for research and treating kids with autism.

Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments and services can improve a person’s symptoms and ability to function .

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior as well as motor and social emotional difficulties.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) are developmental disorders that, since the DSM-5, can be diagnosed as co- occurring conditions.

Initial accounts of Asperger’s and high functioning autism include descriptions of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Kids on the autism spectrum are often delayed in acquiring motor skills that require motor dexterity (e.g., bicycle riding, hand writing, tying shoe laces, opening a jar, etc.) and may appear clumsy. Many of these young people exhibit an odd gait or posture, poor coordination, problems with conceptual learning, difficulty with visual-motor integration, and trouble with visual-perceptual skills.

Signs and Symptoms of ASD
  • People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive b Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors
  • Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life
  • Having a lasting intense interest in certain topics, such as numbers, details, or facts Having overly focused interests, such as with moving objects or parts of objects
  • Being able to learn things in detail and remember information for long periods of time
  • Being strong visual and auditory learners
  • Excelling in math, science, music, or art
People with ASD may be referred to doctors who specialize in providing behavioral, psychological, educational, or skill-building interventions. These programs are typically highly structured and intensive and may involve parents, siblings, and other family members. Programs may help people with ASD:
  • Learn life-skills necessary to live independently
  • Reduce challenging behaviors
  • Increase or build upon strengths, motor skill, coordination, perception.
  • Learn social, communication, and language skills

The relationship between computers and autism is undisputed – and double-edged. Many autism experts agree with Temple Grandin, an author and professor at Colorado State University, herself autistic, who believes that without "the gifts of autism" there would probably be no Nasa or IT industry.

Research at Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has found that people with autism value the increased control over their interactions that is afforded by the filter of a computer screen. They can observe interactions, choose when to be sociable and make contact with other people who have autism.

 

I believe PLAYWOR'S smart PLAYBALL addresses a real need in this market and has tremendous business potential as an assistive treatment tool for all kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Sarah Seeman

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