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Robots could help autistic children

A new robot toy developed for children with autism could be a great new way to better communicate and teach.

"Humanoids" can walk, talk, follow directions, play Simon Says and even lead a Tai Chi lesson.  If they fall down, they get back up, and unlike humans, they can repeat themselves over and over again, if necessary, without getting frustrated.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington formed a new autism research committee to explore how the robots may be used to help autistic children socialize and learn basic skills.

Each robot costs as much as a small car, so federal funding is a must for this program.

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