On the Bright Side: How Milo the robot can help kids with autism

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DALLAS - Children with autism often struggle with social skills.

That's something that can affect their learning in the classroom.

Now teachers and parents at one Texas school are getting some extra high-tech help.

Meet Milo the robot.

He's a new tool to help teach children with autism how to work through social situations in the classroom.

The goal is they learn these social skills and are then able to interact with other people

Richard Margolin and his company Robokind spent three years developing Milo.

The robot can smile or frown while interacting with students, or help them with calm down tactics like counting to 10.

Margolin says Milo's consistent speech patterns and behavior repetitions are key for children with autism. .

"When you bring technology into it, it's something they can engage with it's something that's less overwhelming to them," he said.

Keenan is a first grader at Kipp Truth Academy in Dallas. His teachers say working with Milo has helped him at times, like when he answers a question wrong.

"He's using his words," Principal Katie Hill said. "He's able to isolate what he's feeling or thinking."

Milo is being used in 285 schools nationwide. The creators hope to expand to 2,000 schools by the end of the year."

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