Friday, November 19, 2010

The Q Sensor: A Modern Day Mood Ring for Autistics

I just read this article about something called the Q Sensor, which is a wristwatch-like device that is specifically designed to detect signs of impending meltdowns in people with autism.  It appears to be more of a data collection device, meant to track stress levels over the course of a day and possibly give insight into behavior antecedents and stressors.

Big Daddy had a great post about this topic just yesterday...the Q Sensor sounds like the hurricane sirens warning of the Category 5 meltdown that he alluded to.  But I think that most of us could use help dealing with the fallout rather than having alarms going off letting us know that it's coming.  For instance, BD speculated that the phrase "I have no tissues"  headed off a major tantrum.  If it's the case that your child is distracted from a meltdown by a random, confounding sentence or phrase, then the Q Sensor should be enhanced to generate some.  Things like "In-a-gadda-da-vida" or "President Palin".
Save the $2,000 and get
yourself one of these babies.

Or you could pre-record some winners yourself.  In Audrey's case, it could say "Look over there!  It's a dancing fountain and light show synchronized to classical music!"  Sort of like how "Squirrel!" always got those doggies in the movie Up.  On second thought, unless we were standing in front of the Bellagio in Vegas, she would be doubly ired that there was in fact no water and light show in the vicinity.  I would probably opt for a safer bet like "Wanna cupcake?"

An even better idea would be for the sensor to operate more like a home alarm system or a LoJack...or even a Bat-phone...where a call could immediately be placed to my ABA consultant who would rush over to our location coordinates armed with a tool belt full of pre-written social stories, video models, and reinforcer boards.  Then and only then would I be looking at shelling out the $2,000 for it.  Nah, that's still an awful lot of money.  Throw in a pedi and some Xanax for me and you've got yourself a deal.

20 comments:

  1. The xanax would win me over too :D Jen

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  2. Two grand for something that just tells me what I already know? I'll stick with the quivering lower lip as my early warning signal.

    Although, the xanax isn't such a bad idea. Give me and my wife enough at the first sign of the storm rolling in and the meltdown sort of becomes irrelevant.

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  3. I kinda got excited until you said its 2 grand. I'll take the xanax instead, too. And a margarita.

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  4. two thousand? and that's the look they come up with? they need better design peeps.

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  5. 2 grand, really? Unless it can stop the tantrum in it's tracks, calm the child, reward them for a job well job, poor the parents a drink, cook dinner AND is availabe for all children, I'd pass. :)

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  6. What would the ABA-mobile look like? An open-topped sportscar like the sixties Batmobile, or a massive tank that bowls over everything in its way like "the tumbler" in the latest films?

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  7. On the days that our sensor was always going off I think I would be melting down too. Who needs to know that a the storm is coming??? Not me, I would rather walk the tight rope each day than spend the 2000.

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  8. It could be worth $2,000 if I had enough lead time to run and take cover.

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  9. I'll pass as well. It's a bit like watching the weather forecast...all you have to do is look out the window XXX

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  10. $2000? Seriously, for less I will stand next to your child and go "warning, warning! Meltdown in 5,4,3, 2, 1...and oh it's a bad one! Want some useless parenting advice?" I can just hear those things going off simultaneously in a classroom and thinking it is the appocolypse!! :)

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  11. Pretty sure I'd still need ativan, but that's a neat gadget.

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  12. I can't respond to this because I've taken too much Xanax and I can no longer move my fingersadfdzxcasafe;lkdvjcx;

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  13. President Palin? Good Lord. I'm gagging and cracking up at the same time!

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  14. That thing costs $2Grand! For that price it should not only give you a pedi and some Xanax, it should also give you winning lottery numbers!

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  15. @lebelinoz: I kinda like the 60's one for the kitsch factor, but I'm thinking that it would have to be more tank-like...the better to barrel through the walls of malls, grocery stores, and various other halls of sensory overload.

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  16. Any post that includes the words President P....P...P.... good grief, can't even type it... ought to include a meltdown trigger warning up top!!

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  17. Too bummed out to comment..........."President Palin."

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  18. Great post... totally absurd device... knowing when it is gonna happen doesnt help with prevention or dealing with it lol

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  19. Doesn't President Palin trigger a meltdown, not stop one?

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  20. lol! i'd consider buying it if it grew arms to carry my son out of wherever we were so i could carry the baby. oh, and if it could identify the antecedent and fill out the antecedent/behavior/consequence chart all the therapists want us to use for every behavior that arises.

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