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

 

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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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“Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism”

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This April 15, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about ways that a family dog can be beneficial to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The article also offers a few tips on how to include the child in the process of picking out a dog.

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“New Diagnosis Rules Could Lead to Drop in Autism Numbers”

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This January 22, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about the effect that changes in the diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder could have on those with the diagnosis.

 

 

 

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“U.S. Adults With Autism May Face Housing Crisis”

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This November 13m 2013 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about concerns pertaining to kids who have been diagnosed with Autism and what the future holds for them on the availability of housing combined with appropriate supports to meet the individual’s needs

“Who Will Care for Children With Autism When They’re Adults?”

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This August 23, 2013 article found on the Philly.com website talks about concerns parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder have about the lives their kids will have when they reach adulthood.

 

“Autism often goes undetected in Black kids”

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This June 21, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh New Courier website talks about the issues faced by members of the Black community about Autism.

 

“Mental illness ’caused by chemistry'”

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This May 17, 2013 piece on the BBC News: Science and Environment website offers a look at some of the  breakthroughs and controversy surrounding science’s look at genetic patterns to understand mental illness.

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