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“Study: Bullied Kids at Risk for Mental Health Problems 40 Years Later”

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This April 23, 2014 article on The Atlantic website talks about a long-term study done in the United Kingdom tracking about 18,000 people from birth thru age 50  looking at the effects of bullying on them.  The findings showed that kids who were bullied seem to be at a higher risk of life long issues including but not limited to mental, physical and economic impacts.

Topographic map of the United Kingdom.

Topographic map of the United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“For Kids On The Autism Spectrum, This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference”


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Autism Awareness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This April 22, 2014 article on the WESA Pittsburgh NPR Station’s website includes an audio version also, but talks about a robot named Romibo that is designed to help kids who have Autism learn to communicate better.  The robot is controlled by the therapist, and in my opinion kind of looks like a colorful imitation of Cousin It the idea behind Romibo is to encourage communication while decreasing the need for children with Autism to need to interpret facial expressions as well as the words they are hearing.  Romibo has digitized eyes that have some animation to them but compared to the human face, the expressiveness of Romibo is very minimal.  The designer is hoping that this little robot will help bridge the communication gap between therapists and kids with Autism.


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