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Robot Helps Teach Kids with Autism

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March 22, 2013- "Robot Helps Teach Kids with Autism"-  A team of researchers and engineers at Vanderbilt University have combined forces to create NAO, a fully-programmable humanoid robot, that can assist children who have autism. Children with autism often have a difficult time making and maintain eye contact, but the team’s study found that those with ASD spent significantly more time looking at NAO than a typically developing peer. If the child responds favorably to NAO, the robot will give encouragement, but if the child responds negatively, the robot will them provide additional support by combining prompts and gestures.