University of Michigan Develops ‘Social Sensory Surfaces’ for Autism Therapy [Video]

The idea with Social Sensory Surfaces is to try and reimagine an interface that can foster social interaction and can support the magnitude of sensory experience that is necessary to engage a child with autism.”

 Sean Ahlquist, University of Michigan

Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying new therapies to help children with autism. So-called “Social Sensory Surfaces” combine flexible fabrics, computer sensors, and light projections to offer a variety of tactile experiences. Sean Ahlquist is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Michigan, and one of the primary investigators of the Social Sensory Surfaces project. He tells WDET’s Eli Newman that immersive connection is paramount to autism therapy.

Check out a video of the Social Sensory Surfaces project below:

Image credit: Courtesy of Taubman College / U-M

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