Conversation AI aiding Autism Therapy

In the last few decades machines have evolved not only into a smarter device but have also become stronger and more efficient at reading out the emotional movement of humans. Artificial Intelligence is taking this idea of machine’s interaction with human’s emotions to the next level. AI is helping out children with autism to reach their extreme potential to fight emotional problems.

AI Detects Autism at Very Early Stage

AI can detect the fluctuation in brain function of a newly born infant and predict if the child would later develop autism! Isn’t it wonderful?

Machine Learning technology is real-time applied to detect changes in the brain function of new born babies to figure out if they would develop autism later. ML algorithms analysed and figured out how the activity of each segment of the brain was synchronized with another piece of the brain. Interestingly, the algorithm was able to detect the functional connections which corresponded with autistic tendencies. Early detection of autism pays an excellent help for neuroscience, Doctors as well as the family to implement changes and precautions to manage the condition.

Robotic AI helping Autistic Kids

Researches and Doctors believe the intervention of this technology holds the key to early diagnosis and treatment of autism. Many organizations have started drawing a framework to understand the potential associated with machine learning applications and its intervention in daily activities.

Especially children who have autism (a developmental disorder that affects communication and behaviour condition often fail to recognize the emotional states and behaviour of other people. They cannot distinguish between happy, sad and other facial expressions and emotions. As a solution by incorporating technology researchers have come up with user-friendly robots to help children with autism to imitate emotions and respond to those emotions. This therapeutic method requires a robotic partner because these robots can easily anticipate and understand the behaviour of the child. Claims popped in stating these therapy can be done by humans; encouraging technology in every aspect of life is not a healthy living but these robots are at their most effective substitutes for humans maybe temporary substitutes, that is designed to make it easier for the kids to establish social ties because they really have a hard time fitting into the social environment.

In the recent study researches have suggested that with the help of AI, children with autism spectrum disorder can improve their communication and social behaviour skills by almost 30 percent. AI and robots are being great tutors for autistic children because they can repeat instructions, questions, stories, and answers their repeated questions numerous times, without getting fatigued or losing hope. Surprisingly Children, in turn, can improve their social skills and maintain relationships with the AI-based device. Children who suffer from autism are more open to robots and AI than to humans. Researchers from their observation have found out that it’s because robots are not as complicated as humans when it comes to emotional communication and behaviour; they are like a kind of toy. Thereby children enjoy the mode of therapy, and the results are fascinating and encouraging.

“Even virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa which aren’t designed to cater to these people, have proven to have the right skill sets to communicate with them.”

- Judith Newman, the author of the noted New York Times op-ed column, also wrote a book about her son’s frequent chats with Siri.

There are many more positive responses and examples in regards to this robotic therapy. It’s a privilege to have easy access to the latest technologies that will give a much-needed assistant and to the children who have autism that is stigmatized in society. Though these robots lack emotions, they can make people feel livelier and more comfortable. We don’t have comments for the question will this conventional method make the involvement of human interaction obsolete? However, this conventional method can help children with autism and its making changes in them so as far as we experience the positiveness of the technology let’s embrace the change and technology.

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