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. Mataric envisions a day when parents will be able to bring Bandit-like ’bots home right after diagnosis for round-the-clock therapy. They could customize them, adjusting the facial expressions and body language depending on the needs or comfort level of the child. Or the robot could adjust itself, gradually becoming less predictable to slowly increase a child’s tolerance for the uncertainty of real social situations. They won’t replace human therapists, but robots could offer an added advantage by giving parents and caregivers a systematic way to track improvements or setbacks in their child’s therapy.
Originally posted by smyleegrl
reply to post by UmbraSumus
To be honest, it's a very new concept and I'm not very familiar with it. However, part of me hesitates. Autistic children don't like to make eye contact, they don't read human emotions well, I can see how a robot might make things easier. But do we want things easy, or do we want our children able to deal with real life and its emotions?
But that's initial thoughts, I need to look further into this.