An increasing amount of technological solutions aiming to support emotion regulation are being developed for Autistic people. However, there remains a lack of understanding of user needs, and design factors which has led to poor usability and varied success. Furthermore, studies assessing the feasibility of emotion regulation technology via physiological signals for Autistic people are increasingly showing promise, yet to date there has been no exploration of views from the Autistic community on the benefits/challenges such technology may present in practice. Focus groups with Autistic people and their allies were conducted to gain insight into experiences and expectations of technological supports aimed at supporting emotion regulation. Reflexive Thematic Analysis generated three themes: (1) Communication Challenges (2) Views on Emotion Regulation Technology (3) ‘How’ technology is implemented. Results provide meaningful insight into the socio-emotional communication challenges faced by Autistic people, and explore the expectations of technology aimed at supporting emotion regulation.
- technological supports
- emotion regulation