Delsa Darline of Ocala, Fla., used video to help doctors diagnose her eight-year-old son Rory Fernandez with autism when he was just 14 months old. Now, after winning a contest to become an early “Google Glass explorer,” Darline is using video captured by Google Glass to provide support and hope for other parents of children with autism.
Darline, a board member of the Ocala Autism Support Network, said Google Glass is making it easier for her to capture "raw moments" that could help other parents distinguish between a meltdown and a tantrum, and to give them hope that there are many "positive moments," which should be celebrated. "There is an extremely fine line between a meltdown and a tantrum," she said, explaining that a meltdown requires the child to be soothed, but a tantrum needs to be addressed as a behavioral issue.
Google Glass is electronic eyewear that connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The device includes a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone, all built into a narrow frame that spans the face from ear to ear. Still in the development phase, the wearable computer is not expected to be available for purchase by consumers until late this year or early 2014.
Darline was selected as an early explorer in a contest hosted by Google Plus and Twitter in which applicants had to explain, in 50 words or less, how they would use Google Glass. Here is Darline’s winning entry:
" #ifihadglass I would show the world what Autism looks like ... give parents hope. Let them see my lil guy ... and let them be inspired. #ifihadglass Autism would be plain to see. Maybe ... just maybe ... they will see the joy ... the laughs ... the love. See past the meltdowns ... the worry ... and the diagnosis. .... #ifihadglass Maybe people will be able to truly see the better side of Autism, because there are many ... you just have to be quick enough to capture them and quiet enough to not break them ... #ifihadglass"
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