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Inspired by our findings in a nationally recognized research initiative through the Knowlton School of Architecture, I was the lead product designer and strategist of a therapeutic assistance platform to help individuals with ASD integrate successfully into an urban setting that initially excluded them.

My Role

Team Management



User Interviews


Information Architecture


Pitch Deck Design


SensAI Wellness, Inc.


SensAI is a mental health and wellness tool designed to make life better for individuals and families afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by addressing struggles both internally and externally. The project started when I was in gradate school with a simple question: How can we help people with Autism thrive in our communities? The academic solution we came up with initially, was to create a set of guidelines for architects & city planners to build with these individuals in mind.

I wasn't satisfied with that answer. In a world where physically rebuilding cities is largely not a realistic option, I was determined to find a solution that can be implemented in a more immediate way.


In order to dig into more detail about the challenges faced by individuals with ASD, my team & I implemented an extensive series of data-gathering exercises. We spoke to dozens of individuals, including twenty adults with ASD, as well as  their parents, caregivers, doctors, & teachers. 

We decided the best approach was to utilize a combination of quantitative & qualitative research methods. We conducted focus groups, surveys, one-on-one stakeholder interviews, and various interactive exercises to help us empathize fully with the individuals we wanted to help (prompts such as "draw a picture of your dream house.") 

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After creating an initial set of features & designing a prototype, we conducted a series of one-on-one 30 minute interviews with key stakeholders in order to validate our initial hypotheses. We framed all questions in a neutral way to avoid leading participants towards biased answers. Interviews were structured conversationally, making sure to hit all the key points we wanted, while allowing participants the freedom to steer the conversation in new ways.

Through this process, we were able to trim features that turned out to be unneeded, refine the features that we correct in including, and add brand-new features to solve for unanticipated needs.


Our research pointed to a grim reality that faces these individuals once they reach adulthood. Often, individuals with ASD are forced into lives of avoidance, relying on largely ineffective or partial solutions, that include wearing earplugs, relying on a caretaker, or simply missing out on life outside their homes.

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Personal Space Invasion

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We designed an app built to help individuals keep track of their mental health, manage potentially noxious sensory stimuli out in the environment, and provide insights into their own condition. 

Data can be crowd sourced and pooled between users to avoid unexpected triggers in real-time.

On the healthcare provider side, the app can help them connect with patients on a new level and collect in-depth and accurate information that can help them make better diagnoses and more streamlined treatment decisions. 


For researchers, our system can give deep insight into both the conditions they are looking to study as well as data to fuel studies looking at novel treatment options.

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Loud Noises

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Bright/Flashing Lights

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Temperature Shifts

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Personal Space

Use Case:
Parent - Child - Doctor

A parent may set up an account on behalf of their child with ASD in order to maintain consistent communication between themselves family members, caretakers, teachers, and doctors. This network will have the ability not only to get a sense of the child's mental state through access to analytics, episode history, and an interactive map of potential triggers, but also the ability to enter geographic trigger information themselves.

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User Flow & Sitemap



The user has access to guided mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises, all recent triggers with links to their locations, available quizzes and assessments for the day/week, access to incoming messages from his/her Support Network, and the ability to report an episode.



Users have the ability to report where episodes of exacerbated stress have occurred, both for their own reference, and the reference for the Support network. Journals utilize scientifically validated mental health assessment techniques integrated into daily, weekly, and as-needed journal entries.


*Scientifically validated mental health assessment techniques are integrated into daily, weekly, and as-needed diary entries.

Additional Use Cases

Individuals with depression or anxiety may experience inner turmoil at negative cyclical thought patterns brought on by exposure to particular people, conversations, tasks, or events. Accessible Design means Better Design for Everyone

Loud, high pitched, or sudden noises

Unpleasant tactile sensations

Bright lights

Unpleasant smells

External Triggers
Internal Triggers

Upsetting comments

Tough conversations

Particular tasks

Toxic work/relationship dynamics





Licensing Partnerships

What else can we do with a dynamic, geo-spatial sensory map?


An overlay of sensory data to help optimize a route for someone sensitive to particular stimuli.

Google Maps

An overlay of sensory data of a particular establishment so a person with sensitivities can decide whether to go or not.

Google Reviews

A reliable source of real time spatial sensory data would be extremely valuable to researchers.


An overlay of sensory data in public spaces might help a dog walker avoid situations that could trigger a dog.


Like Google Maps, SensAI's API could benefit the biggest navigation app in China.

Baidu Maps
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