Scientists are testing new biometric technology which they believe will dramatically improve the lives of people with autism.
David Adamson has been in a care home for 17 years and is the first to wear the biometric wristband. Armed with highly sophisticated sensors, it can tell a carer how an autistic person is feeling and predict extreme behaviour before it happens.
Robin Bush of charity Autism Together explains that aggressive or challenging behaviour is always a form of communication, often indicating stress and anxiety.
“Basically they’re constantly barraged with information all the time from a sense, from their sensory environment,” he says. “Now if we’re able to understand to what extent the sensory environment is affecting the anxiety of the individual, then we can provide, hopefully some very low level strategies for those individuals to help reduce their stress anxiety.”