Breakthrough At-Home Tool Helps Children With Autism

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A revolutionary at-home, web-based program clinically proven to increase language, reading and social skills is showing immense promise for children around the world with autism.

As a mother of three children on the autism spectrum, Laura Kasbar noticed her twins were unresponsive to therapy and missing important language clues. Feeling motivated by the struggles they met with, the California native took it upon herself to produce educational tools that offer hope to those who had no chance at therapy or where therapy was stagnant.

Known as the Gemiini System, the innovative and customizable web-based program utilizes an approach called “Discrete Video Modeling,” which breaks down information into understandable and digestible bites. Only when the 49-year-old created the visual aids did she notice her twins responded better to the videos than live people.

The videos, which are accessible via the company’s website and an option far more affordable than traditional therapy, helps children with autism to see “auditory and visual anomalies embedded in the editing process that ensures information is learned in the active network.”

A study from Stanford found that people with autism actually have a hyper-connected default network — or quite simply, the part of the brain used in daydreaming and dreaming. Kasbar says this might be a reason why those with autism will unlearn what they have mastered. 

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“It is the same with any of us who wake up from a dream,” she said. “As the minutes go by, we forget the dream.”

To maximize the efficiency of your autistic child’s development and increase learning in the active network, Kasbar recommends making the program a part of your daily routine, saying “It should be as a part of breakfast as [much as] a table and chair.”

Best of all, the program’s tools are passive — meaning it’s not dependent on the will of participants, who can often times find it difficult to concentrate or feel motivated. By watching the videos, Kasbar reveals viewers will receive the same neurological benefits as if they were actually doing the exercise themselves.

When it comes assistive technology for children on the autism spectrum, the mother of seven believes video modeling is an operative way to teach speech and reading skills, revealing that many using her program are making great improvements.

“It appears that about 90 percent of people who stick with [Gemiini] for at least a year, see vocal speech come, even if they hadn’t seen it with years of therapy,” she said.

But while she sees technologies evolving to better help those with autism and becoming more visually interactive with eye tracking and facial recognition for a speedier conversation on the disorder, she calls it a Catch-22.

“We don’t want people to become so dependent that they don’t develop vocal verbal speech,” she said. “But we want to give them every help to communicate.”

For more information on Gemiini, head to their website and talk to your child’s doctor or speech pathologist to ensure Medicaid covers the program.

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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.