Nightingale launches support platform for autism therapy


Nightingale is exiting the beta mode after being tested by therapists for the better part of a year. The Y Combinator and StartX alum is working to improve the quality of autism therapy, relying on modern smartphones, rather than a clipboard and Excel.

Beyond rolling out the platform to more clinics, Nightingale is also pushing three new initiatives to find new places where its tech could be used to improve therapy.

With Stanford Autism Research’s Carl Feinstein, the company is trying to figure out how to make symptoms more apparent, so that for instance, parents can use Nightingale’s app to collect data while they wait for their first appointment. The service will then provide some teaching skills like “timing how long a child cries, how long does your child look into your eyes.”

The second initiative involves working with Oakland’s Center for Social Dynamics, whose director used to work for Kaiser Permanente. The idea here is to build a tighter partnership with insurance companies that reimburse for treatment.

Finally, Nightingale is looking to figure out how do they fit into specialized school districts, starting with a 25-student trial in San Diego. Said trial will include two classrooms, with a teacher at the front of each class and students and therapists working together. Nightingale likes this space because “unlike a hospital, this is very relationship-based and progress tracking,” which plays to the platform’s strengths.

[Via: TechCrunch]