Joint study with An-Najah National University on the impact of Sensory Box for children on the spectrum of autism

Nablus, Palestine / April 2016

Iris Solutions together with the An-Najah Child Institute (NCI), part of the faculty of medicine and health science at An-Najah national university, has conducted a study on the benefits of the Sensory Box, the latest product and scientific breakthrough created and developed by Iris. The study analyses sensory environment effects on children affected by autism who are using the tool daily for and agreed period, as well as their behaviour and responsiveness.

The Sensory Box is a unique tech-innovation which allows the children to enjoy the possibility to create their own sensory environment by choosing the color of the lights (special bulbs come provided in the kit), a video shown on a TV screen from one of the five categories, a music tune (four categories) or an educational interactive game based on the skills needed to be developed for a specific case or condition.

Daily Sessions with Children
The sessions were structured in such a way where a specialist from the NCI is present with one child-participant at a time (20-30 min per session), during which the child would choose their sensory environment (lights in the room as well as music, relaxing video, educational interactive games) using the Sensory Box. The role of the specialist was to observe the child’s behavior and track their responsiveness and academic enhancement. The tool also kept scores of correct answers when playing educational games.

Study Participants
The sessions were conducted with 13 children, aged 5-12 years, who had already been enrolled in Reach, a rehabilitation program by the NCI for children with autism. Seven children had been successfully participating in the program for 18 months, and a second group of six children had been participating for 6 months.

Study Findings

  1. A significant increase in hand-eye coordination after a 1-month trial of sensory-focused computer-generated learning sessions for children who had been in the NCI rehabilitation program for over one year.
  2. A significant decrease in negative behaviours after a 1-month trial of sensory-focused computer-generated learning sessions.

Study results were presented at the conference Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence Based Practices in Palestine, organized by the NCI on April 7th, 2016.

The presentation of the results can be found here: Arabic and English.

Our special thanks to everyone involved in making this study a success:

  1. Dr. Zaher Nazzal, Head of NCI
  2. Dr. Sabrina Russo
  3. Dr. Denise Zeya Bertie
  4. Amal Shtayeh, Administrative assistant at NCI
  5. Gabriele Tervidyte, Penki Pojuciai
  6. Ayman Arandi, Iris Solutions
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