Based on the PBS News Hour report on Robots and helping people 1-9-2013.
If only the so called mental health professional, psychologist KNEW what they claim to know of autism in particular they would see why the robots are kind of working as represented in the report. On the other side of the coin, if they only knew what our brains were doing during the lack of eye contact they would immediately see the flaw in the idea of the robots helping. They are indeed helping but in the wrong way. Since Autism is unknowingly the long hand version of human thought and those thoughts have never been discovered yet no one realized the normal thought every one knows as normal is just short hand, short thought. That means even the very best professional is clueless to the inter workings of the mind. The mind is very backward very mechanical and it if were not for things like emotions (lightening rods) humans would be bloody boring.
These internal thoughts that present as lack of eye contact in someone autism are just picture thoughts. Yes Daydreams! our OPTIC vision is OFF our eyes are off and our brain replace optic vision with brain vision that we are supposed to think with. IF those thoughts were known we could add 3 more grades to the education system. Even normal thinkers would benefit in learning their root thoughts.
Since, no one has ever discovered them or had the courage to ask older functioning autistic adults that missed Rain Man's curse what we do to pull off the trick of normal ,psychology is missing out on the core simple, redundant, internal thoughts that make normal thought possible. If psychology knew all of our internal thoughts Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures would be seen as pre school book. If science knew all of those thoughts it would also gain the intimate knowledge it needs to figure out people, it could easy test ,point out and even cure the serial killer, the OCD person the manic depressive, the narcissistic person and yes autism. These thoughts explain genius, savants, social butterflies well adjusted people basically everything psychology . Too bad all of these simple (too simple) ideals float over the heads of the very professional that will never even have the chance or make the chance to learn what we did by trial and error. I guess I should not gripe no professional yet has ever stopped to think and question the success of our success. Unless there is some miracle of misguided ignorance our obvious secerts will remain obvious and oblivious. Meanwhile long live the robot it is the best hope helping of autism at the moment.
Rich Shull on the blog Pre Rain Man Autism.