Emotive Learning Platform
What is the Emotive Learning Platform?
Resources to help autistic young adults identify and regulate emotions
"..emotional processes are required for the skills and knowledge acquired in school to transfer to novel situations and to real life." (Immordino-Yang and Damasio, 2007)
An estimated 50,000 autistic young adults age out of school based autism services each year in the USA. Of these, almost half never had a paid job (Roux et al, 2014). Some of these autistic young adults go through life struggling to make sense of theirs and others' emotions (alexithymia). Although autistic young adults are capable of feeling and may have a general sense of emotional tone, they may lack skills and strategies to identify and differentiate their own emotions (interoception) and to understand the emotional and social cues of other people. This can impact the young adult's ability to problem solve and adapt when doing real-world activities such as initiating and maintaining relationships, working at a job, attending social functions, and attending a university, among other activities. Over time, this can lead to isolation of the young adult from society, magnifying feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
Emotive Computing, LLC creates custom apps, lesson plans and training resources to help autistic young adults to identify and regulate emotions during real-world activities, in order to improve decision making and learning outcomes. Emotive Computing, LLC also provides opportunities for autistic adults to practice these activities in safe, real-world settings.
Short training videos and related lesson plans are available on the Download Lesson Plans and View Instructional Videos page of this website. The My Emotions App (coming soon) helps with emotion identification in real-world activities. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notifications of new video postings, and follow me on Facebook to see posts about these workshops and noteworthy news related to autism. If you like to read interesting articles about autism, emotions and technology, follow me on Medium.
If you are interested in learning more about the My Emotions App and other resources, please fill out the contact form.
Meet Erika Olimpiew
Founder, Emotive Computing, LLC.
Dr. Olimpiew created Emotive Computing, LLC., to provide training resources, such as videos, checklists, and apps to assist autistic young adults and their caretakers, teachers, peer mentors identify and manage emotions in real-world settings.
She has been teaching children and young adults with special needs as a volunteer catechist for more than 20 years. Dr. Olimpiew has a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has extensive experience working with emerging technologies in the IT industry and in academia, as a software developer, researcher, teacher, system architect and a solution architect.
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