The E-Textile Wearable Communication Board for Autism


Horse therapy is becoming an increasingly popular physical therapy activity for individuals with social, communication, or cognitive impairments as a means to help enhance social and interpersonal skills. However, horse therapy and other very physically engaging activities pose a challenge for those who rely on a stationary communication board to communicate as the highly unstable nature of such activities impedes device operation. In such an instance, users are typically forced to temporarily abandon their communication board, rendering them unable to convey vital pieces of information throughout the duration of the physical therapy activity. The E-Textile Communication Board, designed using affordable, easy-to-program electronics from SparkFun, was specifically developed to address this issue and support the communication needs of individuals with autism engaged in horse therapy.