Humanoid Robots Teach Coping Skills to Children With Autism

Roboticist Ayanna Howard explains what inspired her to work on assistive technologies for kids Photo: Rob Felt IEEE Senior Member Ayanna Howard with one of the interactive androids that help children with autism improve their social and emotional engagement. THE INSTITUTEChildren with autism spectrum disorder can have a difficult time expressing their emotions and can be highly sensitive to sound, sight, and touch. That sometimes restricts their participation in everyday activities, leaving them socially isolated. Occupational therapists can help them cope better, but the time they’re able to spend is limited and the sessions tend to be expensive. Roboticist Ayanna Howard, an IEEE senior member, has been using interactive androids to guide children with autism on ways to socially and emotionally engage with others—as a supplement to therapy. Howard is chair of the School of Interactive Computing and director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab at Georgia Tech. She helped found Continue reading Humanoid Robots Teach Coping Skills to Children With Autism