Neuro-Developmental Disorder (NDD) is an umbrella term for a group of disorders arising during the developmental period. NDD is characterized by severe and often co-occurring deficits in the cognitive, social, communicative, motor, behavioral and emotional spheres, that result in significant challenges in school and home settings. NDD includes Intellectual Disability (ID), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, and other disorders.
Interventions to help children with NDD regulate their behaviors may decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase positive behaviors. However, developing self-regulation skills is difficult and requires substantial support. Children need to learn to monitor, evaluate, and modify their target behaviors especially during early adolescence (i.e., 10 -13 years).
Smartwatch technology has promise as a tool to support health and wellness, by enabling self-monitoring and providing feedback based on physiological measurement; research has shown that these types of technologies can help promote self-regulation strategies in adults with intellectual disabilities and support parents coping with a child’s ADHD symptoms. However, there is little understanding of how children who might participate in such interventions perceive this technology and whether/how they believe these devices could be useful for their personal use. Therefore, in this project, we want to understand how do children, and adolescents feel about using a smartwatch for self-regulation, design and develop an app supporting self-regulation and evaluate its impact in terms of use, adoption, and effectiveness in supporting self-regulation strategies.

Project Lead: Gillian Hayes