Holland Bloorview: Using Technology To Treat Autism

The Toronto Star
October 1, 2012
Just five years ago, Azadeh Kushki had never met anyone with autism. As an electrical engineering student earning a PhD at the University of Toronto, her focus was much more on theoretical work, and much less the practical applications of her valuable knowledge.

It wasn't until the 33-year-old volunteered at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto that life took a very different direction. While she was completing a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Kushki signed up to supervise kids at the hospital's playroom, where parents and guardians can safely leave their children to play while they book appointments or discuss treatment options with doctors. There, she met kids with autism for the first time, and began to understand some of the challenges their families face: children with high levels of anxiety, children who don’t pick up on social cues or follow social patterns and a sad lack of services to help. Kushki put two and two together. Continue reading.

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