Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SensPD (SensPD: Early Diagnosis of Autism)
Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2018-11-30
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that causes significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. 1:59 babies, or ~2%, will be diagnosed later in life with ASD. One of the most difficult challenges is accurate and timely diagnosis; today subjective diagnosis is starts around the age of two, where an important window of opportunities may be missed. Objective early detection will enable early interventions (starting at six months) that lead to dramatic improvement in social skills allowing for better social integration. Instead of investing in ""maintenance"" resources could be channeled into prevention, education and training for independent living.
A consensus issue regarding autism involves sensory perception. SensPD uses Oto-Acoustic-Emission (OAE) devices used today to screen for hearing issues. SensPD extends the regular OAE device abilities with unique stimulus program and longer, more complex signals to go beyond the sense of hearing and measure the sensory perception performance system and thus detect autism.
SensPD Phase 1 objectives are: feasibility analysis of the data collected, review major OAE manufacturers, show progress in patents approval, establish a clear go-to-market plan with economic viability.