Thursday, October 22, 2015

The next generation of therapy for children with autism

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S with 1 in 68 American children affected. There is a wide spectrum for autism with different levels of symptoms and varying degrees of intensity. Children with autism will have trouble with language learning, social cues and creative play. As well as sensory issues like preoccupation with objects or an overreaction to touch. There are many therapies that can help a child with autism but ultimately they must live with these developmental differences. One new therapy that is on the rise is the use of robots that are programmed to interact with children, to talk and portray facial expressions. A company called "Robokind" located in Dallas Texas, has created a robot named Milo. This robot is meant to help children with autism in a variety of ways. These robots demonstrate facial expressions for certain social cues so the children can interact in these situations. Milo also speaks at 82% normal speed so autistic children who have trouble perceiving language can comprehend him. This robot is meant to be a friend to these children and help them become familiar with certain social situations so that when faced with them, they will know what to do. There are several other types of these robots created and they all show promising results in the help to aid children with autism.

Here is the link to the video I found on Milo:

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