Robots in autism therapy

Robots in autism therapy

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Recent studies have shown that robots can help autistic kids. The autism spectrum (ASD) is often described as a range of neurodevelopmental disorders and it affects around 21.7 million people worldwide. Autism can be separated into different categories. One of them is the early infantile autism which gets diagnosed within the first months of life. In 50 percent of the all cases, kids suffer from an inaccurate language development or they have difficulties using the right pronouns. Another category of the ASD is the Asperger syndrome which usually gets diagnosed at the age of four. It manifests a pedantic style of speech, a high intelligence and a lack of motor skills.

Interaction with humanoid robots

But how could robots help autistic kids? Therapists worldwide are using humanoid robots for autism therapy. They let kids spend time with robots to improve the interaction with other humans because they are more predictable and less complicated. The robot's motions and expressions can be read and understood more easily by autistic kids than the complex human facial expressions. That’s why autistic kids are drawn to robots and the new ways of therapy are quite successful. However, the work with robots is only one part of the therapy. It is supposed to lay the groundwork for more human interactions.

With the help of active bricks

Humanoid robots can really help autistic kids to read motions and facial expressions, but Tinkerbots are also a good tool for helping autistic people. According to a study from the University of Sussex in England playing with active or tangible bricks can improve the interaction between autistic kids and other human beings. It even results in working with another person by turn-taking and discussing play outcomes. Tinkerbots is the perfect tool for that. Our robot building kits consist of active motion modules, a Powerbrain and passive Cubies. If you combine everything, you can build your own robot.

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