August 13, 2008

Robotic Help for ASD Children

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Researchers believe that SARs (socially assisted robotics) can connect with autistic children better than humans. They found that those who blow bubbles, make facial expressions, and toot horns seem to increase Autism Spectrum Disorder kids in both their speech and in getting along with humans.

One study paired an ASD child with a Bubblebot, which only worked when the child pushed a button. The result was that there was more interaction than when the bot blew randomly. We think that it is teriffic when bots are used in this manner rather than just helping out the military.

Via Discovery Channel

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 13, 2008 8:36 PM
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