An Exploration of the Potential Therapeutic Applications of the Amazon Echo and Dash Devices in Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Exploring on the social aspects of autism spectrum disorders and exploring the potential therapeutic applications of using assistive technology to sooth social anxieties through the use of this technology. Discussing the challenges which individuals with autism spectrum disorder experience throughout university and how the Amazon Echo and Dash devices could potentially enhance and assist with their university challenges caused by their disorder. This study could show the potential of technologies such as the Amazon Echo and Dash devices being used in universities around the United Kingdom and potentially around the world. Looking further into the DMV-5 diagnosis of the Autism Spectrum and understanding the need for students to ask repeated questions to gain a better understanding of a project and to understand the reasoning for this. A section will be dedicated to this research throughout the literature review at the beginning of this project to guarantee a fuller understanding of the Autism Spectrum throughout this project. There will be a focus throughout the literature on current challenges faced within university for those of the Autism Spectrum and the current support strategies to deal with those difficulties. Another focus of the literature throughout will be on the current applications of supporting technology within universities which will be used throughout the data collection process. There will be an evaluation of the constraints to the Echo to understand negative values of the device of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, however there will be a comparison with the pro arguments of this device to understand the benefits this could offer a student with Autism Spectrum Disorders starting university in the first year. Concluding an outcome to whether the Amazon Echo and Dash devices could potentially make an impact on students’ education within the Autism Spectrum. Through this study there will be proposals for potential therapeutic applications of the Amazon Echo device to support Higher Education students who are on the Autism Spectrum. This will be applications which could potentially have an impact on improving the Amazon Echo or Dash devices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout higher education. This will increase the effectiveness and be a potential addition to the device which could help propose the device to Student Finance for funding if the device was able to assist more within the educational setting. Also throughout this study recommendations will be made throughout and an investigation carried out into ideas for improvement on the Amazon Echo and Dash devices. This will therefore shine a different light on the possibilities for these devices in the future.
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