Robots to the rescue

Robots to the rescue

Robots autism
Kaspar the robot, photo courtesy of Ben Robins

For people with autism, a chat in a cafe could be a confusing and overwhelming experience. You might be distracted by the multiple conversations taking place and the loud sounds of the coffee machine. You might not understand the non-verbal cues of the waitress or the expression on her face. You may have difficulty making yourself understood.

Although there are many different symptoms and varying levels of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), having difficulty with social interactions is a common experience. Researchers have found human-like robots with simple facial expressions and non-threatening, predictable behaviour have the potential to engage children with autism and aid learning in social, communication and life skills.

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Published in HCF’s Health Agenda magazine.

 

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