More than one in 100 children in the UK have some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — a disorder that typically appears in early childhood, impacting one’s social skills, relationships, and self-regulation. Many intervention and therapy options currently exist, but just as there is no one behaviour present in all children with autism, there is no single treatment that will benefit all children in the same manner or to the same extent. Therapies ranged from cognitive behavioural intervention to activity based intervention and many new technological developments – including the use of collaborative robots — are also proving useful. Read on to discover the ways in which technology is helping children and families lead a more productive, happier life. 
Augmented Reality for Learning and Communication
Computer software company PTC has developed a new augmented reality application that helps children learn and communicate. The app, designed alongside scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital, was found in clinical studies to hold children’s interest and attention for far longer than traditional learning activities were. It is based around a virtual replica of a traditional children’s toy farmhouse with different components such as eggs, chickens, a bran, horses, etc. A visual replica of this toy overlays augmented reality features over the farmhouse. It also reveals nouns, verbs, and prepositions on icons that children can use to create three-word sentences. A voice ‘reads out’ a correctly formed sentence structure, encouraging children to repeat the sentence. Researchers have found that through this system, children who were unable to form three-word phrases are now doing so successfully.
Apps that Talk
Similar and already accessible are a host of autism-centred apps such as Avaz, Talk With Me, Jello, and Proloquo2go, all of which are meant to encourage children to voice out words and phrases. Parents report that children can become very attached

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