Rene The Robot Helps Autistic Children
For the parents of children suspected of being in the autistic spectrum, the first challenge, is more often than not, simply obtaining a valid diagnosis.
Enter Rene The Robot
Scientists in Croatia have developed a robot that they hope, and believe, will make it quicker and easier to detect autism in children, and also aid in their development.
Children in the autism spectrum frequently struggle hard in social situations, and the robot Rene appears to put them at ease.
The mother of an autistic child said.
"Filip actually watched and was focused on the robot which is not his usual behavior. He normally runs around and his focus only lasts a few seconds. But when he saw the robot, he looked at it, he sat down, he studied it, and he was very interested".
The scientists behind the robot’s development say that Rene removes a great deal of the most frightening aspects of social interaction for children with autism, and feeling at ease, the children are much more ready to interact.
How Does The Robot Help Children?
Rene’s software responds to the reactions it receives from children, and by giving simple, repetitive stimuli, a child is able to focus on a single clear message, thereby bypassing human interaction which is often unpredictable, and is something which autistic children find so confusing.
The Robot has a camera, a microphone and speakers and it records a child’s voice and assesses, among other things, their behavior and how eye contact is established.