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dc.contributor.author Jarvis, Leighanne en
dc.contributor.author Wallace, Tracey en
dc.contributor.author Morris, John en
dc.contributor.author Caves, Kevin en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-26T19:10:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-26T19:10:54Z
dc.date.issued 2020 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities 8: 40-52. en
dc.identifier.issn 2330-4219 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/215978 en
dc.description 35th Annual Assistive Technology Conference Scientific/Research Proceedings, San Diego, 2020 en
dc.description.abstract This paper details the development and initial testing of Smart Home Stress Assist (SHSA), a real-time intervention strategy for military service members with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Military service members affected by mTBI and PTSD are often taught evidence-based strategies such as grounding, deep breathing, and meditation to manage symptoms associated with physical and psychological trauma. However, many experience barriers to using these strategies in times of stress due to challenges with recalling and initiating the multiple steps in the strategies. SHSA was developed to help alleviate some of these challenges. SHSA uses the Amazon Echo and smart home technologies to provide automated support for implementing grounding strategies by changing a user's physical environment (e.g., light, temperature, sound and smell) to help them reconnect with the present moment. Additionally, pre-recorded audio files (e.g. calming music or a family member reminding the user they are safe), preset SMS messages, and cues to use other stress management strategies are provided in an aim to reduce the intensity of the stress episode. Preliminary sit-by user testing demonstrated acceptance within the target population. Additional testing is planned following completion of updates to the system based on user feedback. en
dc.format application/pdf en
dc.format.extent 13 pages en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher California State University, Northridge. en
dc.rights Copyright 2020 by the authors and California State University, Northridge en
dc.subject Brain Injuries en
dc.subject Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic en
dc.subject Smart Home en
dc.subject Assistive Technology en
dc.title Smart Home Stress Assist: A Real-Time Intervention for PTSD en
dc.type Article en
dc.rights.license Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License. en


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