The CDC recently announced the number of students on the autism spectrum is dramatically rising, changing their statistic from 1 in 69 to 1 in 58 children. Working to support this growing number of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), RoboKind (Cool Tool Award Winners) has developed Milo, a facially expressive humanoid social robot who walks, talks, and even dances. Along with the accompanying robots4autism curriculum, Milo helps students on the spectrum learn to self-regulate, greet people appropriately, and navigate social interactions.
Many ASD learners prefer objects to people. Milo offers a non-threatening way for them to practice their communication skills. He never gets tired or frustrated, and continues to deliver lessons in a way students understand. The use of Milo has been shown to increase vocabulary and verbalization in students with ASD, as well as enable them to make friends among peers and decrease the frequency of meltdowns. Milo has been proven effective in engaging learners with ASD over 80% of the time, as opposed to the 3% for traditional therapy.
After a recent implementation of Milo at Tom C. Gooch Elementary School in Dallas, TX, educators were seeing results within days. “Unlike with traditional therapy, with Milo you can quantify the outcomes of the therapy, and more efficiently find the student’s deficits in communication and work on them directly,” says Principal Kim Ashmore. “The improvement in the social intelligence of our students with access to Milo is already minimizing these disruptions, and will lessen the need for whole-school strategies.” Learn more.