Scientists have recently started focusing on leveraging technology to help children with special needs. One American company is focusing on making life of children with autism easier with the help of robots.
Based out of Bristol, Connecticut, MOVIA Robotics was founded by former NASA employee and renowned scientist Timothy Grifford. The idea struck him when his wife, who is a teacher, recounted the difficulties of her special needs students.
Grifford realised that the one-on-one attention required for such kids, especially those on the autism spectrum was not possible in the conventional school system. He created humanoid robots that can be customised as per the need of the child.
Interactions with these specially programmed robots, he believes, can help children with special needs learn the lessons more effectively. Research shows that such assistive technology can help children in improving their communication skills, overcoming their sensory challenges, developing social skills and an overall improvement in their quality of life.
It has been proven that children with autism are drawn towards technology. Additionally, the robots can interact with the children without being hurt or passing judgment. This can make the lives of their parents and teachers a little easier as well.