Robots aren’t normally thought of as social butterflies. But a growing number of children, including some in Pittsburgh, are seeing their social skills soar with the help of Romibo — a small, fuzzy robot.

Romibo is a social therapy robot created by Aubrey Shick, who has a master’s degree in human computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and Garth Zeglin, who has a Ph.D. in robotics from CMU. The name, Romibo, was chosen because it sounds like the words “robot for me,” Ms. Shick said.

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