Autism spectrum disorder is a broad term described for neurodevelopmental disorder and a range of conditions a person with ASD may have. About one-third of people with ASD are non-verbal. It means that they are not able to communicate their needs, feelings, and emotions via the common vocal language that we use. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have those needs, it simply means that their way of expressing themselves is different.
Currently, sign language, hand gestures, written communication, and other body language techniques are commonly used methods for communication with them. There are certain technologies and methods like Picture Exchange Communication system (PECS), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) available and used but all of these have their own set of limitations.
Autistic people may not be able to learn sign language and its usage is only limited to people who know it.
Children below a certain age may not be comfortable writing everything as their vocabulary is not developed yet.
Body and hand gestures of neuro-atypicals can be misunderstood by neurotypicals, strangers, or someone who doesn’t know them. Its use is also limited to close family members.
PECS may have a limited card vocabulary and not an exhaustive list of all needs, feelings, and emotions. Moreover carrying a card for each need, emotion, feeling at different time intervals is a challenging task
AAC devices come close to solving some of the above issues but again consist of an abundant vocabulary of words and sentences that are not customized or intelligently optimized to a specific child’s needs.
All the above issues lead us to come together and build a solution with a vision to help non-verbals communicate easily, efficiently, and with the least effort and hence the launch of Xpressor.