Researchers have found that, like most children, also children with autism love playing with robots. Robots can deliver predictable responses over and over.
They repeat things and behave in a consistent way, which is highly important to helping children with autism to learn better.
These are a few reasons why children with autism often perceive a robot from MOVIA Robotics as less intimidating than a human being.
Children with autism often engage in a different way
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is specified by having social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Children with autism often experience anxiety when they are dealing with social interaction with people around them including their peers, caregivers, and teachers.
Anxiety causes difficulties for children with autism in getting engaged in social interaction and staying focused while working collaboratively with another person.
Children with autism tend to engage easily in activities when their nature is predictable, consistent, and free of social demands. We often find children easily get engaged with using technology.
Robots helping children with autism learn
These robots are designed to help children with autism learn various social, emotional, communication, and cognitive skills.
The goal is to use a robot as an embodied form of technology that provides a great level of simplicity, exaggeration, consistency, and predictability to improve the engagement of children with autism, but also to interact in a way that is social in nature.
As a technology with social existence, the robot stands somewhere between the world of technology and social humans. With a robot, children can practice new skills in a way that is more similar to interacting with a human, but not as complex and dynamic.