Autism, Social Attachment and Things

  • Kathleen Richardson
Part of the Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI book series (SOCUSRA)


This chapter explores how robots are imagined and put to use to help children with autism develop social behaviours and skills. I compare those models of autism that emphasize the autistic person as preferring things and machines over other people and which consider autism as part of the empathy-deficit model. I introduce alternative ways of thinking about autism that attempt to restore the importance of sociality and social relationships for autistic persons.


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  • Kathleen Richardson
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  1. 1.Faculty of TechnologyDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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