How Artificial Intelligence can Help Autistic Individuals

Technology has advanced rapidly and is involved in our daily lives. Artificial Intelligence, automation, robots, and more advancements in information technology set the stage for future evolution.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making machines that can think like humans. While some people may think that it is a threat to our privacy and careers, it can be beneficial for special needs and autistic individuals who have difficulty with certain tasks and communication.

Artificial Intelligence can help autistic people in different ways, such as early diagnosis and intervention by analyzing physiological data and behavioral patterns to detect early signs of it. It can also help therapists design adaptive therapy programs according to each individual’s needs by analyzing a large amount of collected data, suggesting the best therapy, and monitoring progress.

Sensory sensitivity issues are common in autistic people, as they may become over- or undersensitive to some tastes, sounds, textures, or smells. One of the key benefits of artificial intelligence is to help understand and manage these challenges by using AI-powered systems that can control sound level, light, and temperature to reduce sensory overload.

Finally, artificial intelligence can provide powerful tools in social skill development and communication by using AI-powered applications and devices that can help in speech and language development, also AI-powered virtual reality platforms that can help autistic individuals to practice social interaction by stimulating real-life scenarios.

In conclusion, artificial intelligence is a valuable tool to support and empower individuals with autism and improve their overall quality of life, but it should not replace human interaction and therapy and must be used in conjunction with human guidance and control.

Written by:
Dr. Hidaia Alnajjar
Pharmacist Incharge
Ambassador of Hope