Many children with autism struggleto make eye contact.
We hope to make a difference.
Samsung Canada donated 200 tablets in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada as part of The Look at Me Project, designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets were preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families living with autism.
Cailin and her family were one of those 200 families. The project was started in the hopes of facilitating more meaningful connections between parents, caregivers, and their children, and in Cailin's case, the project provided a pivotal turning point.
Following the launch of the Look at Me app in Korea, Samsung Canada is now donating 200 tablets in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada as part of a pilot initiative called The Look at Me Project. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families with children with autism.
The Look at Me Project is designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. This project hopes to facilitate meaningful connections between parents, caregivers, and their children, as well as to foster connections between the 200 families selected.
Parents will be encouraged to share the progress of their children using the app over the course of eight weeks. By actively engaging in the project through an online community forum, the hope is that families will benefit from the collective experience of the other participants.
The Look at Me app aims to improve an individual’s ability to make eye contact. A multidisciplinary team of clinical psychologists, cognitive psychologists, and psychiatrists have dedicated their participation in developing the app's curriculum. The app is currently under clinical testing to verify its effectiveness through research.
The app keeps children motivated and highly concentrated by using the camera function of digital devices that often appeal to children’s interests.It also features a point system, themed missions, various rewards, and visual or sound effects to keep children engaged. Levels can be customized based on the children’s achievements. Each mission in the app requires interaction between parents and their children to encourage positive relationships and connections.
The recommended time to use the Look at Me app is 15-20 minutes each day. The app also gives feedback to parents on their children’s daily performance progress through a systematic parental dashboard.
Mobile devices can have a positive impact on individuals with autism. Autism Speaks Canada is proud to partner with Samsung Canada in The Look at Me Project. This partnership will provide 200 Samsung Galaxy Tab S devices, preloaded with the Look at Me app, to families with children with autism.
About Autism Speaks Canada
- Autism Speaks Canada is committed to improving lives today and transforming lives tomorrow.
- Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada have invested over $200 million into scientific research, of which over $6 million is committed towards leading Canadian autism research.
- Over $2.5 million has been awarded to local service providers and organizations across Canada.
About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a comprehensive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioural challenges, as well as restrictive and repetitive behaviours.