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difficult to use," Chutz said.
The three partners divide the
responsibilities according to their
own areas of expertise. Chutz
handles the business development,
Milgrom oversees the technical
aspects, and Gillman promotes the
company by reaching out to other
special needs parents and organi-
zations that assist individuals with
disabilities.
"I have made a lot of con-
nections locally and around the
world," said Gillman, who also
publishes a blog called "I'm Just
That Way and That's Just Me"
(www.imjustthatway.com ).
She said local organizations,
such as JARC and Friendship
Circle, have responded positively
when shown the Birdhouse system.
"It's designed for parents by peo-
ple who get how stressed for time
parents are," Gillman said.
The program gives users the
ability to visualize and record med-
ications, therapies, mood changes,
sleep, toileting and "meltdowns," a
common occurrence with children
who have autism.
"The goal is to see patterns and
correlations so parents can better
understand what's working and
what needs to change," Gillman
said.
Birdhouse for Autism currently
has about 25 users, who provide
feedback to help Chutz and his
partners fine tune the program.
There is currently no charge to use
the system.
"I've been using Birdhouse to
track my son's therapies, sleep pat-
terns and medications:' said Renee
C., a Farmington Hills mother who
asked that her last name not be
used. "It has been helpful because,
as a result, I have been able to
identify a pattern as to when and
how often he randomly wakes at
night. I have now identified what
I believe is the primary cause
for this ... and I am taking steps
to help to minimize his waking
occurrences"
Chutz hopes to eventually
expand the Birdhouse user base
and to develop similar programs
for other kinds of health issues.
"We started with autism because
that's what we know," he said, "but
it lends itself to other conditions,
such as ADHD."
The group is also looking for
web developers to help expand
and enhance the program. For
more information, visit www.
BirdhouseHQ.com or contact Chutz
at Ben@birdhousehq.com .



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