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What is Spectra5 and how is it helping people with Autism?

Developed in association with Hampshire Autistic Society and our partner OneCom, spectra5 is a unique app, designed to help people with autism. The main focus of spectra5 is to help users communicate with the police and emergency services teams, should they find themselves in a stressful or anxious situation. Our spectra5 autism app works alongside the Autism Alert Card and Autism Passport – also conceived by the Hampshire Autistic Society in 2005 & 2008, respectively.

At Crimson Tide, we are immensely proud of spectra5 and the life changing effect it has for its users. From regaining the confidence to go about their day to day routine, to learning to cope with stressful situations. spectra5 is thoroughly tested by real life users and their feedback is used to improve the app.

Giving people with Autism the tools to cope with stressful or anxious situations – in their hand

How does the Spectra5 Autism app work?

The App functions as an identity card, which users keep on their smartphone. Should you find yourself in a situation with a member of the public, police or emergency services, simply present the app to communicate your condition.

One great benefit of the app is the storage of personalised information about the user and their autism. This helps police and emergency service’s personnel calm and support the user in the best possible way.

A guide to how to deal with various emotional states is also included. Advice is available for how to help if the user is sad, angry, anxious or over excited, such as ‘What happens when I get anxious and uncomfortable?’ – “I will try and escape the situation by running away and hiding. I may shout and swear at you.”

Specifically developed with the user in mind, the app is easy to use and tested by a number of people with autism, to ensure it is fit for purpose. We also encourage users to share their feedback, so that we can continue to develop and improve its functionality.

How do I get hold of the app?

Spectra5 is downloadable from the Apple App Store and Google Playstore, straight onto your smartphone. First, users must register for the app with Hampshire Autistic Society. Once you have registered, you will need to fill out a form with information including your emergency contact details and how best to help you in various situations. Once completed this is all stored in your app, secured by your unique username and password. Changes to your information will be automatically updated in the app, via Hampshire Autistic Society.

Spectra5 benefits, as described  by our users:
  • An additional safety blanket for use when out and about
  • A more private way to inform others of their autism
  • The app gives users more independence
  • Helps people deal with the person with autism in a way that best suits the individual and their needs

Spectra5 in partnership with Autism Hampshire Society

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