Kids engage with robots as social beings. They talk and play with robots and treat them as friends. The robots are simple and patient, providing nonjudgmental companionship.
Robot-assisted instruction is clinically effective for addressing symptoms of autism and increasing children’s success in the classroom. Sessions can be targeted at individuals or groups, allowing teachers and therapists to flexibly organize their time.
Robotics assisted instruction offers a rich opportunity for delivering activities that utilize universal design for learning. Many of the applications fit into the current standards.
Many children with special needs (including autism) respond more readily to robots than they do to humans. Robotics support interaction and growth through personalized lessons. Activities are designed so children will think innovatively and build social, behavioral, academic, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills.
• Promotes innovative thinking
• Encourages teamwork
• Simple interactions with robots promote success
• Repetitiveness and predictability help students master academic and behavioral skills