Reducing the Effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder
on Student Success Using Heads-Up Technology

How a Massachusetts elementary school used gamified, social-emotional learning apps on Google Glass to reduce hyperactivity, irritability, and social withdrawal in special needs students with autism

Executive Summary

Near the close of 2017, Sara Gaynor, an Early Childhood/Special Needs Educator at the
Chandler School, reached out to the Brain Power team to initiate a relationship between the
school and Brain Power. Having witnessed marked improvements in her own son’s social skills
following his use of Brain Power’s social-emotional learning software in his middle school
curriculum, Sara sought to explore using the software with her students. She introduced Brain
Power to the Chandler School’s administrative and special education teams to launch a
research initiative at the school. 

Through detailed implementation of research protocols, the Chandler School explored the use of novel technology as a social-emotional learning aid in an effort to maximize student academic achievement and defined itself as an exemplar of extraordinary standards for
student care and success along the way.

In this case study, we present the structures and processes that the Chandler School used to analyze how gamified apps delivered on smart glasses could be used to enhance social-emotional learning and, in turn, minimize some of the characteristic symptoms of autism.

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Michael Henry, Special Education Teacher at Plymouth South Middle School

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