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What Are The Benefits Of Robots For Autism?

On the face of it, learning human interaction from a robot might sound backward or counterintuitive. However, research was undertaken at the Autism Centre for Education and Research, Birmingham University has shown that robots are, in fact, a valuable learning resource. 

Specifically, the research has shown that the use of Robot Assistive Technology For Autism is so engaging that they are able to increase children’s willingness to interact as well as decrease their discomfort during these interactions.

Robots have less complicated facial expressions, movements, and fewer changes in their tone of voice, this allows an Autistic student to pay more attention due to reduced distractions. 

This sense of feeling more at ease and less distracted when interacting with the robots, allows children to focus their attention on the curriculum presented to them and achieve the academic results they are capable of, and deserve.

The consistency of the robot’s interaction also works to develop a sense of familiarity and therefore comfort between the student and the robot. This allows the students to reach a point where they know that they don’t have to worry when they are interacting which is beneficial not only to their development but to their mental health.

Communication is complicated. Interpersonal interactions can be a daunting task for somebody with Autism, especially a child. ‘Normal’ social cues such as eye contact and facial expressions do not always come naturally. Instead, this is a skill that must be learned, and robots could be the key to helping teach these types of behaviors.