Guest blog by Yamin Miah, Founder of Bubble Mind.
Children with autism have many different behaviours; some may behave great whereas other will behave negatively. Whilst working at Explore Learning as a part time tutor, I got the chance to work with autistic children; it was my first-hand experience working with them where I got to see the many ways they interacted with others. It also gave me the chance to understand what they interact positively and negatively to. It became then my inspiration to create apps that will help them remain calm when they are going through an autistic meltdown.
Bubble Mind is a health-tech company helping people manager their mental health. We use technology to help people with autism, stress, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Our first app focuses on helping children with autism to remain calm whilst in the classroom. It also helps them remain calm when they are going through an autistic meltdown.
As there is no solution to help autistic children with, we have created very different versions of apps to help cater the need of the child. These apps can be used at different times depending on how they are feeling. Most apps use a sound to calm the child down but with Bubble Mind app, we use a combination of sound, touch and visuals to help the child calm down. This will mean that no matter what the child responds to a certain situation, we have got that cover.
Our app produce colourful bubbles on the screen and produce soothing sounds to help the child remain calm. We also have additional features for the careers of autistic children which will help them set a timer and understand how the child is feeling so that they are able to interact with the child, depending on how they are feeling. Some of the challenges I faced was to ensure that the apps cater to the needs of the child. I had to ensure that i used the right colours and sound otherwise some colour may trigger a child to have an autistic meltdown.
I was lucky enough to try out my app at Stakfield Primary, a school in Edmonton, where I met John. At that moment, he was going through an autistic meltdown. We were both placed in a room with his teachers and at first, he did not want to come near me and looked at me angrily. That is when I decided to start playing with the app and John liked the noises that was being played, so he came next to me and started playing with the app. Within minutes he stopped crying and started laughing. He even has me a high five.
A few months ago, I took part in the Barclays Local Genius Competition 2019, where I had the chance to take John’s Story and pitch in-front of Barclays’ Senior Managers. First up, I won the Regional Finals in which I took part in London, luckily representing London in the National Finals. There were some amazing pitches with amazing business ideas. Unfortunately, I didn’t win this competition, but got an amazing time and I would highly recommend people to apply next year.
The next steps for Bubble Mind is to create the educational version which will targeted to schools and other educational centres. I will also start development of an app to help people with depression.
The reason why I am so passionate about helping autistic children is that they have such a creative mind and they can do amazing things with their mind, and by creating apps to help them they can utilise their mind to change the world. In the future, we plan to release apps that will help people with depression, anxiety, stress and have frequent panic attacks.
More about Yamin:
I am an ambitious person who loves to come up with new ideas to help change the world. I am extremely passionate about mental health and helping people manage their mental health. Extremely funny person who sees the funny side of life.
Follow us on Instagram @bubbleminduk to know more about our journey and keep up with our latest news. For any details, go to www.buuble-mind.co.uk