Play.Care can only be used on high-quality tablets since they are embedded with the technology we depend on for the most precise measurements possible (ex: gyroscope & accelerometer).
The test runs on iOS 8.0 or higher. An android version will be available soon (subscribe for updates!). We recommend using the iPad mini, however, Play.Care works well on regular iPad as well. It does not work on an iPhone because the small size of the device does not allow for precise tracking of movements.
Yes, it is reliable and accurate. According to our research, Play.Care is over 90% accurate in detecting autism related movement patterns.
Yes, it is safe. The test was designed in close cooperation with developmental psychologists and will not affect your child’s behaviour in any way.
We use the same data collection methods for both age groups. The difference is in the analysis. Children age 3-5 typically display greater engagement in the game than 2 year olds. If your child is not interested in taking the test, do not force him/her to play, instead, try again in a few days.
It is up to you and your child when to take the test. You should choose a time when the child is alert and well rested. The test should be taken in a place that is quiet and free of distractions (e.g. noisy toys) to focus your child’s attention.
You can help your child during the training phase, but it is very important you do not interfere with your child’s gameplay during the test phase, as it will distort the results. Remember not to touch the tablet during the test, as the technology should be detecting your child’s movement patterns, not yours.
During a 15-minute play, Play.Care collects more than 340 parameters on your child’s behaviour and generates a report on her/his development. We measure indicators related to movement across the game including touch, accelerometer, and gyroscope data.
It would be better, if not for the lack of trained specialists and diagnosticians who often perform the tests and diagnoses. Especially outside of large urban centres, access to professionals can be difficult. Currently, a majority of children who suffer from autism spectrum disorder are diagnosed after the age of 4, when the time window for early intervention is already closed. Tablets can be the perfect first step on the way to a professional diagnosis, as they are easily accessible and simple to use. By introducing our application, we want to lower the age at which most children are diagnosed, as well as raise awareness of ASD.
The child’s task is to play the games. The rest is done by our technology.
The test is suitable for children ages 2-5.
It consists of three educational games that children thoroughly enjoy. Each of the games starts with the training phase followed by the test phase. The games have been validated in both typically developing children and in children with developmental disorders.
The test is based on a growing number of evidence suggesting that children with autism display specific motor deficits that can be identified using precise measurements. The assessment is based on analysing movement patterns; our technology compares movements of your child during gameplay to patterns found in children with autism, as well as in typically developing children. Based on this comparison, we assess the probability that your child might develop a disorder from the autism spectrum.
The test allows for tracking of fine motor skills (precision and stability of movement), as well as cognitive skills (attention, focus, and understanding). In several months, we will add features that will enable us to measure emotional skills (e.g. understanding emotions).
The results will be available approximately 15 minutes after the test is completed. You will receive a push-notification when the report is ready.
The results will inform you about the risk that your child might develop an autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, information about selected cognitive skills and fine motor skills will be presented. Your child’s results will be compared to results typical for her/his age group.
Play.Care guarantees 100% privacy. We do not collect any personal information by which a child can be identified.
The results will inform you if your child is at risk of developing the disorder. It will not tell you if your child has certain symptoms related to autism such as deficiencies in social interaction or communication. In case the test shows that the risk of autism is high, you should (1) re-take the test and (2) monitor your child’s behaviour for the tell tale signs of autism including avoidance of eye-contact, repetitive movements, or unnatural fixations with certain objects. If you notice any signs, immediately contact a child therapist or paediatrician.