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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students


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A boy interacts with robot Milo, which was designed to teach students with autism to tune in to emotions, express empathy and better understand social situations.

Some education experts think robots can help children with social communication or sensory-processing disorders.

Credit: Financial Times

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

]Van Robotics CEO Laura Boccanfuso says robots can engage children's attention without being overwhelming, an important factor for those with social communication or sensory-processing disorders.

Maria Jose Galvez Trigo at the U.K.'s University of Nottingham school of computer science says robots' predictability can make them less threatening and easier for children to interact with than humans, and could help improve the children’s social and imitation skills.

One robot, Milo, teaches autistic students to focus on emotions, show empathy, and better understand social situations, while a companion robot called Kaspar has simplified facial features that are easier for autistic children to understand than people’s features.

From Financial Times
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