This Cute Little Toy Is Here to Help Kids on the Spectrum in Powerful Ways

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In recent years, technology has cropped up to help kids on the spectrum, but this may be the cutest one yet. It’s called Leka, a toy robot that uses fun games to teach kids with autism valuable motor, social, and intellectual skills. It lights up, vibrates, moves, and makes noises to stimulate the senses, too.

This anime-eyed toy, which was presented at CES 2016 (the global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow in Las Vegas), is still in the creation process. But Leka’s founder has confidence that it will prove helpful for kids on the spectrum, as well as others who are differently abled.

The concept of play as therapy is not new. In fact, it’s a well-developed field. Read on to find out how you can provide a child with this therapy!

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.