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Robot helps autistic children develop social skills

Robot helps autistic children develop social skills | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Meet Russell. His lack of human emotions makes him an ideal conversation partner for non-communicative kids
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Laura Wiesner's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:55 PM

This article is talking about how a robot can be able to help develop social skills in autistic children. I think this could be a breakthrough and it could help many autistic children Around the world. If the robots were able to become more well known and cheaper to create,this could be a very helpful tool in dealing with autism For all kids despite financial differences. 

Richard Platt's curator insight, January 11, 10:30 AM

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17 Things The Princess Bride Taught Me About Autism Parenting

17 Things The Princess Bride Taught Me About Autism Parenting | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
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Check out this list demonstrating once again that you can find great insight from your favorite movies.

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Video games help autistic students in classrooms

Video games help autistic students in classrooms | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Researchers are studying if off-the-shelf video games can spark a breakthrough in treating autism.

 

Can off-the-shelf video games spark a breakthrough in treating autism? That's the question researchers are asking as educators quietly discover the therapeutic uses of motion-controlled sensors. The devices are popular with gamers: Microsoft this week said it had sold more than 19 million Kinect motion-sensor units since introducing it in November 2010.

 

Now autism researchers, teachers and therapists are installing them in classrooms and clinics, reporting promising results for a fraction of the price of typical equipment. Could a teacher armed with a $300 Xbox and a $10 copy of Double Fine Happy Action Theater do as much good as months of intensive therapy?


"Nobody thought of it as a therapeutic device," said Marc Sirkin of Autism Speaks, a New York-based advocacy group. Earlier this spring, when he first got wind of computer engineering students at the University of Michigan hacking the Kinect to develop autism games, he bought a ticket on a red-eye flight to see for himself. "It turns out you don't have to look very far, you don't have to scratch very deep, to go, 'Wait a minute. There's something really cool here.' "

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'Auti-Sim' Game Simulates Life With Childhood Autism

'Auti-Sim' Game Simulates Life With Childhood Autism | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A new game called Auti-Sim simulates childhood experience with autism and aims to raise awareness of the challenges of hypersensitivity disorder.
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This really is more of a simulation than a game but if it provides any resemblence to the actual experience, it could be a great tool in helping parents understand their children.

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Lego Fans Helping Kids with Autism

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Lego fans have formed an international advocacy organization to champion an innovative group-based social development program.

 

Called ASD Aid, the organization has grown into the global focus point for Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs) who are dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in our communities and improving access to services. Many fans have witnessed firsthand the power of Lego play to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders communicate and grow.
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