We care about results and impact. Through years of research, development, and partnerships with schools and centers around the world, we have seen that Autistic students using the robots4autism curriculum show observable increases in engagement: eye contact, body language and social interactions. Working with one of three RoboKind robot models, learners develop lifelong tools to engage in social situations, have a better understanding of facial expressions in communication, and calm down/self-regulate when experiencing stressful situations.
Throughout the curriculum, Milo presents narratives that describe social situations in detail, highlighting relevant cues and offering examples of appropriate responding. These social narratives can be individualized according to student needs and, importantly, are always presented in an emotionally safe, positive way.
Verbal and Visual Prompting
Verbal, gestural, or physical prompts assist students as they acquire or engage in targeted behaviors and skills. These prompts are generally given by Milo, the corresponding app, and an adult before or as the student attempts to use a skill. Like core vocabulary, these prompts remain consistent throughout modules.
When paired with spoken words, visual supports have been shown to improve the facilitation of learning and communication between students and educators. With each module, Milo uses multiple, consistent visual supports - including, facial expressivity, chest screen icons, and app-based interactivity - to encourage and reinforce target behaviors and skills.
Video and Natural Modeling
RoboKind has created many videos, structured to clearly demonstrate desired target behaviors and skills. Milo, acting as narrator, describes the video to the student. As the student progress through the curriculum, the video sensors allow the educator to extend the learning by creating video self-models.
Our entire curriculum is designed around the use of core vocabulary that simplifies the language addressed to and by the student. Specifically, this allows the student to repeat target words/concepts across multiple contexts and situations and is a core factor in improving generalization.
Social Skills Training
Practice makes perfect, right? Mastery requires instruction on basic concepts, role-playing or practice, and feedback in order to help students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) acquire appropriate communication, play, and social skills. At its core, Milo and the RoboKind curriculum is a training tool that improves generalization and mastery.
Ninety percent (90%) of students demonstrated mastery resulting in observable generalizing, transference to human interaction.Dr. Lisa Raiford, Education Associate for Autism, South Carolina Department of Education