Annoucing BMP winner: ASPERGA, who are developing an auditory aid that helps people with autism block out stimuli that they are hypersensitive to, reducing their sensory pain.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is characterized by social behaviour deficits and inflexible, repetitive patterns of conduct that are present for early life.
One of the defining features of ASD is an abnormality in the way patients process sensory information, like sights, sounds, smells, textures or tastes.
Sometimes people with ASD experience hypersensitivity to certain sensory stimuli, causing them intense pain.
This pilot program will test the efficacy of various calming sounds to block out or calm sensory hypersensitivity in people with ASD.
Maria Soledad Garcia Penalta, Member of ASPERGA is available for interview.