Lesson Plan: Robots Are Helping Autistic Children in Ways Humans Can Not
- influx |ˈinˌfləks| noun-an arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things: a massive influx of refugees from front-line areas.
- launch |lôn(t)SHlän(t)SH| verb-introduce (a new product or publication) to the public for the first time: the company has launched a software package specifically for the legal sector.
- autism |ˈôˌtizəm| noun-a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
- semi-autonomous |ˌsemēôˈtänəməsˌsemīôˈtänəməs| adjective acting independently to some degree: semiautonomous working groups.
- personalize |ˈpərs(ə)nəˌlīz| verb–design or produce (something) to meet someone’s individual requirements: the wedding invitations will be personalized to your exact requirements.
- intimidate |inˈtiməˌdāt| verb-frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants: he tries to intimidate his rivals | (as adj. intimidating) : the intimidating defense lawyer.
- interact |ˌin(t)ərˈakt| verb –act in such a way as to have an effect on another; act reciprocally: all the stages in the process interact | the user interacts directly with the library.
- customize |ˈkəstəˌmīz|verb modify (something) to suit a particular individual or task: the suit can be customized for every skydiving need | (as adj. customized) : many caterers offer private tastings and customized menus.
- display |dəˈsplā| verb- (of a computer or other device) show (information) on a screen.
- congratulate |kənˈɡraCHəˌlātkənˈɡrajəˌlāt| verb–praise (someone) for a particular achievement: the operators are to be congratulated for the excellent service that they now provide.
Reading Comprehension: Sentence Match
1-D – Children with autism have trouble understanding and engaging.
2-F- Toys are often more approachable than people.
3-A- The robot’s goal is to help these children improve their motor skills.
4-B- We rounded up robots looking to have a much bigger impact on autism therapy.
5-C- A French company discovered Nao’s success in the classroom.
A 6- When autistic children are engaged and comfortable, they’re better able to learn.
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
The Darwin-OP2 is in the early stages of development, but Yetta Myrick, the mother of a 12-year-old son diagnosed with autism, says the possibilities are intriguing. She says her son, who hasn’t met Darwin-OP2, would like the robot because he is less confusing and intimidating than human playmates. robot because he is less confusing and intimidating than human playmates.