Dancing robots help autistic kids learn
Dancing robots could help improve the communication skills of children with autism, researchers say.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have used two knee-high robots, called Max and Ben, to help children with their social and communication skills, the Telegraph reported.
The robots, developed by French company Aldebaran, can dance, teach language and play games.
They have been in testing at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale, Birmingham, since March.
"We have been looking at how technology can support pupils with autism to communicate more effectively," Dr Karen Guldberg, from the University of Birmingham's School of Education, told Sky News.
Research shows that children with autism often find computers and technology safe, motivating and engaging, particularly in the areas of social interaction and communication
"The robots have been brilliant at supporting autistic children with their learning," Ian Lowe, headteacher at Topcliffe Primary, said.
"You can program them to teach language, play games and model behaviour. We have even used them in assemblies. In the future we are looking to see if they can be used to support learning not just at school but at home as well," he added.