Dancing Robots May Help Kids With Autism

by VR Sreeraman on  November 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM Child Health News
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Robots that could dance may help children with autism by improving their communication skills.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have used two knee-high robots, called Max and Ben, to help children with their social and communication skills, the Telegraph reported.
 Dancing Robots May Help Kids With Autism
Dancing Robots May Help Kids With Autism

The robots, developed by French company Aldebaran, can dance, teach language and play games.

They have been in testing at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale, Birmingham, since March.

"We have been looking at how technology can support pupils with autism to communicate more effectively," Dr Karen Guldberg, from the University of Birmingham's School of Education, told Sky News.

Research shows that children with autism often find computers and technology safe, motivating and engaging, particularly in the areas of social interaction and communication

"The robots have been brilliant at supporting autistic children with their learning," Ian Lowe, headteacher at Topcliffe Primary, said.

"You can program them to teach language, play games and model behavior. We have even used them in assemblies. In the future we are looking to see if they can be used to support learning not just at school but at home as well," he added.

Source: ANI

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