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Project Title

Project Title

Tuning anxiety out: Exploring the potential of noise cancellation in ASD sound sensitivity

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Atherton, Mark

Description

Description

Many children and adults with autism have unusual responses to normal levels of auditory stimulation, with particular sounds causing distress or even triggering challenging behaviour. This phenomenon is incompletely understood, although it is now attracting more research attention. However, practical responses are crude, with sound-blocking ear protectors being the most common.This project explores the potential of noise cancellation technology to selectively attenuate the sounds that people with autism find challenging, testing its suitability in a range of day-to-day settings and its ability to be configured to address the sound sensitivities of each individual. If successful, the project would open the way to a technological intervention that will greatly enhance quality of life for those with autism by addressing what many find a key disabling feature.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

100000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2013

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Tuning anxiety out: Exploring the potential of noise cancellation in ASD sound sensitivity (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Brunel University

State/Country

State/Country

United Kingdom

Project Number

Project Number

7791

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

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