Iris Interactive Solutions together with the An-Najah Child Institute (NCI), part of the faculty of medicine and health science at An-Najah national university, has conducted a study on the benefits of the Sensory Box (SB), which is the most recent product and scientific breakthrough created by Iris. The study was aiming to analyse the effects on the children who were using the tool daily during the agreed period, as well as their behaviour and responsiveness.
The Sensory Box is a unique tech-innovation which allows the children to enjoy the possibility to choose a color of the lights in the room (with special bulbs provided together with the whole kit), a video shown on a TV screen from one of the 5 categories, a music tune (4 categories) or an educational interactive game based on the skills needed to be developed for a specific case, condition.
Daily Sessions with Children
The sessions were structured in such a way where the specialist from the NCI was present with one child-participant at a time (20 to 30 min per session), during which the child would choose the atmosphere – lights in the room as well as music, relaxing video, and a few educational interactive games – using the Sensory Box.
The role of the specialist was to observe the behaviour, and track the responsiveness and academic enhancement. The tool also kept scores of the correct answers during the educational games.
The sessions were conducted with 13 children, aged 5-12 years, who had already been enrolled in a rehabilitation program by the NCI for children with Autism called “Reach”. Seven children had been successfully participating in the program for 18 months, and a second group of six children had been participating for 6 months.
- A significant increase in hand-eye coordination after a 1-month trial of sensory-focused computer-generated learning sessions for children who had been in the NCI rehabilitation program for over one year.
- A significant decrease in negative behaviors after a 1-month trial of sensory- focused computer-generated learning sessions.
The results of the study were presented at the “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence Based Practices in Palestine” Conference organized by the NCI on April 7th, 2016.
Special Thanks to all parties involved in making this study a success:
- Dr. Zaher Nazzal, Head of NCI.
- Dr.Sabrina Russo.
- Ms. Amal Shtayeh, Administrative assistant at NCI.
- Mr.Denise Zeya Bertie, PHD.
- Ms. Gabriele Tervidyte, Iris.
- Mr.Ayman Arandi, Iris.
Iris Solutions is a Palestinian L.L.C. focusing on mind, interactive, and touch technology development. In 2014, Iris started providing assistive technology, offering sensory environments to rehabilitation centers. Over the past 2.5 years, Iris installed 15 sensory rooms across the Palestine areas of the West Bank and Gaza, serving more than 4,000 children with various developmental conditions. In 2015, Iris hit a technological breakthrough, multiplying its impact by 10 through successfully developing the first plug-and-play tool that transforms ordinary rooms into a complete sensory environment in a matter of minutes – “Sensory box”. Iris acquired a provisional patent for it, and is planning to officially launch the product to the market in the summer of 2016.