Auti: Toy Designed for Autistic Children

Oct 13, 2011
Children diagnosed with autism often have problems communicating with others, which becomes one of the biggest challenges for a child and his parents.

Helen Andreae, a designer from New Zealand, has come up with the idea of creating special toy for children with autism after she noticed from her friend's autistic child that kids with autism experience difficulties while controlling their voice and body movements . The interactive toy called Auti was designed to overcome those difficulties and teach a child positive interactions.

The Auti is equipped with sensors that respond to touch and sound, shutting down when a child shows negative behavior patterns, such as screaming, and shows positive reaction to positive behavior, such as stroking and soft speaking.

The toy is still a prototype, but its developer says that its animal-like appearance will appeal to children with various forms of autism.