Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a brain disorder that may affect an individual’s ability to communicate or interact with their environment, typically display lower energy expenditure in their daily life than recommended. Many of these individuals may not have the capability or attention span in order to persistently be physically active in recreational activities. Due to this incapability, many of these individuals have fallen into the overweight category which may pose a multitude of health risk such as cardiovascular diseases or Type 2 diabetes. Stemming from this problem, there is a growing need for a solution to help actively engage individuals with ASD to participate in more physical education. This research aims to provide a solution to help individuals with ASD to visualize their heart rate during their exercise and encourage them to achieve higher energy expenditure to lead a healthier life. In addition, this thesis aims to address challenges faced in providing visualization for individuals with ASD to obtain a better understanding of which type of imagery best encourages more engagement in exercise. The research proposes a mobile application that provides a heart rate visualization to help encourage higher activity in these individual’s exercise routines. Preliminary evaluation results of the proposed mobile application indicate an increase in activity with participating individuals in their exercise routine, which suggests potential health benefits for these individuals with ASD.
|Commitee:||Aliasgari, Mehrdad, Zhang, Wenlu|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Computer Engineering and Computer Science|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Computer science, Physical education|
|Keywords:||Autism spectrum, Heart rate visualization|
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