Washington: Researchers have developed a new toy which they claim will help autistic children learn positive playing skills. A team at Victoria University, led by Helen Andreae, says that their new responsive, mechanised toy, called `Auti`, will help autistic children develop speaking, touching, andcollaborating skills. It shuts down in response to any negative behaviour such as hitting or screaming, but quickly responds to the slightest positive interaction such as speaking gently or stroking. Each sensor can be adjusted to respond appropriately to a child`s individual characteristics, say the researchers.
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