2 August 2016

The article reports that Kaspar lives in the IT cupboard at night and every morning he is brought into a room with a member of staff for play sessions with the children.

It quotes lead researcher Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn as saying: “Children with autism are very comfortable with computers as it is very predictable environment with a predictable and safe interface. Robots are like computers but with a physical presence – and like a computer they are predictable.”

It also cited Jane Wagstaff-Smith, head teacher at TRACKS: “One little boy really struggled with emotions. This child was hitting other children, didn’t seem to really get the concept. But through Kaspar he seemed to understand that when you hit somebody it makes them sad. Kaspar is a good tool for teaching emotions.”

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Kaspar the friendly robot teaches children human feelings