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Social robots could better engage children with autism, research says

By Rebecca Lundberg
April 8th, 2015

Preliminary research indicates that students with autism might develop stronger social skills via interaction with social robots

robots-autismMilo visits elementary and middle school-aged children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in order to teach research-based behavior and responses. He engages in a way that helps children better develop and enhance social and emotional skills.

He also happens to be a robot.

Social robot developer RoboKind recently released preliminary research results regarding Milo and Robots4Autism that indicate children affected Autism Spectrum Disorders are more engaged in autism therapy when interacting with social robots than with other people.

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