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Assistive Technology for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Review of Literature

Hello, my name is Angela Okugo and my Polygence project is on technology for neurodevelopemental disorders. I chose this project because of the lack of awareness on assistive tech treatment on mental and cognitive disorders. After this project, I wish to major in neuroscience and biomedical engineering in college. I hope to use my majors to begin in-depth projects in this field over the years to come.
High School
notre dame academy Georgia
Graduation Year
Student review
My relationship with my mentor exceeded expectations .

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Project description

Use of technologies in our current time is extremely widespread from our social media to portable devices, but there is less focus on how this technology functions in the lives of individuals with neuro-disorders. With the rise in trends for inclusivity for all, it would be worthy to investigate how technology bridges the learning and living gaps between people with and without these disabilities. The aim of this paper is to explore how these groups of people –specifically those with autism, ADHD and Rett Syndrome—interact with technology, and more importantly, treatments regarding their day to day living from speech to social skills, emotions, motor therapy and more.  The method used in this literature study is through search for articles on platforms including ResearchGate, Google Scholar, Scopus, PubMed and ScienceDirect. The keywords we used were "autism", "robot",  "rett’s", "adhd",   "augmentative","alternative", "communication"  "virtual", "video", "reality",   "robotics", "asd" and we  specifically combined "autism" AND "robot", "autism” AND "robotics", "virtual” AND "reality", "asd" "robot", "augmentative", AND "alternative", AND "communication" ,"asd" AND "robotics." Most studies included were conducted between the years 2008-2021, and most research papers on this subject have been published in the last decade.

Assistive Technology for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Review of Literature
Project outcome

In this project, I identified and detailed multiple treatment avenues for Autism, ADHD and Rett Syndrome. Furthermore, I showcased my findings at the Polygence Symposium of Rising Scholars. I also shared this paper with multiple scholarly journals and servers.

PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology, Neuroscience
Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science, Cognition, Learning, Attention, Memory, Infancy, Perception
Mentor review

Her PhD experience was related to the project topic and that was really helpful.

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