[caption id="attachment_58480" align="alignleft" width="215" caption="AP photo: Eden Sawczenko reacts to 'Kaspar' the robot who is showing the 'Happy' stance of two open arms."][/caption]

Eden Sawczenko used to recoil when other little girls held her hand and turned stiff when they hugged her. This year, the 4-year-old autistic girl began playing with a robot that teaches about emotions and physical contact--and now she hugs everyone.

"She's a lot more affectionate with her friends now and will even initiate the embrace," said Claire Sawczenko, Eden's mother.

The girl attends a...

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