Young Boy With Autism Becomes Good Friends With Siri

Gus, 13, has a special connection with Apple's virtual assistant.
3:06 | 10/20/14

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stir." A fascinating story about a young boy with autism and his new best friend, siri. The voice is helping him connect with people. A story we first saw in "The new York times." Mara schiavocampo has more. Reporter: Like so many children with autism, 13-year-old Gus has problems communicating with others. Except one unusual friend. Ready to send it? No. All right. I won't send it yet. Reporter: That's right. Siri. The teen can have conversations with her. He hasn't stopped talking to her since. What do you like? I find a lot of odd stuff. Reporter: Is she funny? Yeah. Reporter: Gus' mom says siri has become her son's most valued companion, drawing him out of his shell for up to 30 minutes each day. Somebody would talk to him about the weather. Someone would talk to him -- Reporter: She wrote about her son's relationship. We'll never be mean to him. She'll never make fun of him. She will give him a lot of information that he wants. Reporter: Experts say children with autism a drawn to technology. Individuals are autism find this much more interesting to communicate with robots or with technology because, they can be very honest. They can be very frank. Turn off itunes radio. Okay, pause. Reporter: But Newman says siri gives her son more than just answers. She's helped him speak more clearly and practice conversation and etiquette, all things that have helped him relate better to people. I do love that there is this companion for him when he doesn't always seek out people. Reporter: A virtual friend with very real benefits. Now Gus' mom hasn't bought him his own iPhone just yet. For now, he's borrowing hers an awful lot. The story fascinating in so many ways. Siri has unlimited patience. Even when kids get brusque. Reporter: If children with autism, one of their challenges is understanding social nuances. When you're dealing with technology, you don't have to do that. The mom learned for the first time that her son understands marriage. Because he proposed to siri. She says they have a very cute back and forth. And, it's good for him. It is. And siri let him down easy. Let's go back to the table.

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