RoboKind Reveals Cutting-Edge Autism Research at National Press Club Event
Early research indicates humanoid robots increase learning engagement in children with autism
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2014) – With an estimated 1 in 68 American children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the prevalence has increased ten-fold in the past 40 years. RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, today unveiled pioneering research results at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference demonstrating that its humanoid robot Milo increases engagement in children with autism while enhancing the development of social and emotional skills.
A leading expert on autism therapy and intervention programs, Dr. Pamela Rollins, MS, Ed.D., associate professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas, presented preliminary research that indicates children who interact with social robots are more engaged in autism therapy compared to interactions with humans. By helping children with ASD identify emotions and specific social interactions, they are better able to achieve academic and personal success. Dr. Rollins teaches graduate-level courses on the assessment and treatment of children and ASD at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She has more than 30 years of experience researching, teaching and clinically practicing with children on the autism spectrum.
“I’ve witnessed children who struggle with social situations immediately connect with Milo and reveal skills they had never before exhibited in human-lead therapy sessions,” said Dr. Rollins. “Milo and Robots4Autism are trailblazing tools that assist therapists, parents and educators in developing social skills in individuals with autism that will benefit them for life.”
RoboKind’s groundbreaking robot Milo and Robots4Autism curriculum support educators, parents and therapists by fostering social skills using visual supports, social narratives and video modeling. The curriculum uses consistent core vocabulary and focuses on improving a child’s understanding of emotions, relevant social cues, perspective-talking and appropriate social responses. To learn more about the benefits of using the Robots4Autism therapy tool, visit www.robokindrobots.com/robots4autism-home.
RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, designs and builds a series of robots that enable people to engage with robots on a personal level. Through the Robots4Autism and RoboSteps programs, RoboKind leverages these advanced social robots to supplement autism therapy, special education and cognitive care for seniors and STEM instruction. The programs use humanoid robots that feature life-like facial expressions, natural social interaction and comprehensive curriculum to assist educators and therapists in helping students learn and grow. For more information, visit http://www.robokindrobots.com.
• Kristina Rozenbergs, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x21, firstname.lastname@example.org