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App to help autistics in panic attacks

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-04-18 20:19

About the solution

“In December 2014, I had one of the worst panic attacks of my life. It was the first time ever that I went completely nonverbal, and it was really scary. Back home, I thought about ways I could’ve dealt with the situation better, and two-way communication via text came to mind. I started searching the Play Store for chat apps, but none that I could find allowed for two persons to type on the same device. Since I’m a Software Engineering student, I decided to create my own at that point”, he explained.

The app is very simple to use. During the panic attack, the user pulls out their phone, open the app and give their phone with their personalized message to the person they want to communicate with for help. That person can then read the message to get a grip on the situation and continue to the chat to ask further questions. When the absolute necessary things are taken care of, the chat can be used for further communication if their verbal abilities have not yet returned.

The app is free, and is available for Android and iOS.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/emergencychatapp

Adapted from: http://geekclubbooks.com/2015/08/meltdown-emergency-chat-app-help/

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About the author

Jeroen De Busser, born in 1993, in Belgium, is a Software Engineering M.Sc student who suffers from Autism. He developed Emergency Chat, a mobile app to help with panic attacks. The student created this app because he couldn’t find ways to communicate and get help during a panic attack episode.

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