Autism


8 ingenious innovations helping autistic children communicate

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The smooth, silicon instrument helps autistic kids bridge social gaps by letting them harmonize -- literally -- with playmates. Leka plays sounds and music, lights up, vibrates, and even speaks to help engage autistic children in multi-sensory activities. Creators of a new conversation coach for smartwatches want to help decipher nonverbal communication, like facial expressions and gestures, to help children with Asperger's navigate social interactions. While it was designed to facilitate music therapy, the gadget can also help bridge communication gaps between autistic and non-autistic people, giving autistic children a sensory-friendly experience that calms nerves and encourages interaction at the same time.