A Hong Kong professor has developed an academic programme utilizing role-playing robots to assist kids with autism enhance their social expertise, a part of an initiative adopted by non-profit teams and faculties.
The programme, Robotic for Autism Behavioral Intervention (RABI), is designed for individuals with autism between the ages of three and 18, and goals to assist them be extra social and to resolve points corresponding to conflicts and bullying.
Catherine So, affiliate professor of instructional psychology on the Chinese language College of Hong Kong, advised Reuters greater than 1,200 kids have used the programme since its 2015 launch.
“Individuals with autism have low motivation to interact with others, and hypersensitivity to the world around them,” So mentioned. “So we use the social robots to teach them social skills in order to reduce their anxiety.”
The robots have interaction the youngsters with role-playing and verbal interplay. A typical class includes two small robots appearing out social situations on a desk high, serving to the youngsters see the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour corresponding to tantrums or screaming.
Muse Wong, 41, mentioned her 5-year-old daughter has been within the programme for seven months and her social and communicative expertise have improved vastly.
“She has started to have some degree of social life”, Wong mentioned.
After interacting with the robots, the youngsters are inspired to check out their social expertise with a human tutor.
Greater than 20 non-profit teams financed by governments and public faculties in Hong Kong and Macau have adopted the programme. So hopes the venture will assist battle in opposition to exclusion.
“We believe RABI can help children with autism improve their social and behavioural skills, and in turn enhance the quality of their life”, she mentioned.