Fighting For Breakthroughs in the Treatment of Autism

Uploaded by NDdotEDU on 03.09.2010

Lisa Delprete: Mateo is 10-years-old, the most heartbreaking thing for me to watch is
the fact that he can't communicate.  He doesn't say "mom how are you today?'
or "this what I did today." He thinks he is telling you, and he doesn't understand
why you aren't getting what he is saying, that is heartbreaking.
Narrator: Lisa Delprete's
son has autism, a developmental disability that impairs social development, affecting
one in every 100 children in this country.  The University of Notre Dame is working
to break down the communication barriers associated with this complex disorder through the innovative
use of robots in clinical therapy.  
Professor Joshua Diel: The purpose of using interactive
robots, is to provide a motivation for children with autism because they tend to have this
intrinsic interest in technology.  Our hope is that these robots will help simplify social
interaction so that children with autism can pick up on these social cues, emotional cues,
that we just understand naturally.  
Delprete: I dont think I would be as strong of a parent
if I didn't have facilities and help of Notre Dame.  They have just given me faith,
they have given me hope, their commitment is so strong if they don't know the answer
they find the answers.  
Narrator: The University of Notre Dame asks what would you
fight for?
Diel: Fighting for the breakthroughs in the treatment of autism.
Delprete: We
are the Fighting Irish.