- Wandering is a common behavior among children with autism, affecting approximately 50 percent of families
- GTX Corp’s innovative wearable technology can give children with autism a higher level of independence without exposing them to associated risks
- Recent studies suggest that parents using tracking technology are more comfortable and less concerned about the safety of children with developmental disorders
GTX Corp (OTC: GTXO) recently announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with Autism Society of America. The aim of the partnership is to provide families and individuals aided by the society with a technical solution to enhance their safety and peace of mind, according to a company press release (http://nnw.fm/vR5L7).
Safety concerns are growing among the thousands of families that benefit from the society’s assistance, according to Autism Society of America President Scott Badesch. Wandering is one of the primary concerns, as nearly 50 percent of the children that have been diagnosed with autism will wander. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in four children with autism has been missing long enough to cause concern (http://nnw.fm/Ek3oJ). Most often, these children and young individuals wander away from their own homes or classrooms. There are several main triggers for such behavior, including enjoyment of exploring, an attempt to get to a place that the child loves, an attempt to leave a stressful situation or the desire to get close to something interesting. This tendency to stray away from safe environments can lead to serious personal safety risks.
A pioneer in the field of wearable GPS technology, GTX Corp will provide children with autism with a much higher level of independence without exposing them to any risk via its dedicated wandering assistive technology.
“Continued technological innovation and partnerships such as the one between Autism Society of America and GTX Corp advance the reality that children with autism can be empowered to have a higher level of independence and quality of life,” GTX Corp CEO Patrick Bertagna stated in a news release. “Healthcare and safety is becoming integrated into our phones, our homes and our clothing with the convergence of digital and medical technologies. Our award-winning GPS SmartSole® and other wander and recovery technologies have been at the forefront of connected health for years, providing new levels of functional oversight, security and peace of mind to a variety of audiences and needs.”
The company has a line of wearable GPS tracking devices, from its GPS SmartSole®, available in three trim-to-fit sizes, to the GPS Invisabelt, offered in two children’s sizes (http://nnw.fm/Us2a9). Under the agreement, every customer referred by the Autism Society will receive a $25 discount on any purchase of a tracking solution, and GTX Corp will make a $25 donation to the Society for every purchase made.
GTX Corp’s flagship product, GPS SmartSole®, is an award-winning GPS solution that integrates innovative safety practices into everyday wearables. SmartSole® will automatically create a location log, tracking a loved one and ensuring both safety and independence. Through the use of SmartSole®, location data is sent to the monitoring system every five minutes. This location is charted on a map, providing a caregiver or a parent with easily identifiable information. Geozone alerts can also be created and sent via email with links to the last known location. Such technology is perceived as one of the most effective options for ensuring the safety of individuals that have an autism spectrum disorder.
A study presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting suggests that the use of GPS technology reduces the frequency and the risks associated with wandering behaviors among children with autism and various other developmental disorders (http://nnw.fm/3EJAz). The results were based on a survey carried out among parents. Of those questioned, 23.8 percent reported that they’d used a tracking device at least once. Of those who currently reported using such a tracking device, the vast majority had opted for the technology to ensure peace of mind in terms of safety. Parents using tracking technology also said that they felt more comfortable (81.7 percent) allowing children to spend time with friends when a parent is not available.
The GPS SmartSole® technology may soon become available in the UK as well, through the country’s National Health Service. According to numerous British reports, several organizations that work with people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s are pushing for the product’s adoption. The device is currently undergoing tests with dementia patients in Dorset, England (http://nnw.fm/mJ1V5).
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.GTXCorp.com
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