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The Rev
07-09-2007, 11:20 AM
Children with autism are often described as robotic: They are emotionless. They engage in obsessive, repetitive behavior and have trouble communicating and socializing.
Now, a humanoid robot designed to teach autistic children social skills has begun testing in British schools.
Known as KASPAR (Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics), the $4.33 million bot smiles, simulates surprise and sadness, gesticulates and, the researchers hope, will encourage social interaction amongst autistic children.

For the rest of the article click here (http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/07/autistic_robot).

As a teacher who's worked with children who have Autism, this might help a great deal.

In fact, I know some non-disabled adults who might benefit from social skills training. :chuckle: