Lessons using mirroring and data portal track progress while encouraging children with autism to practice and understand facial expressions

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 14, 2015

In modern, data-centered classrooms, social robotics is an increasingly appealing strategy for autism intervention. In response, RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, introduces lessons taught through mirroring and a data portal to its Robots4Autism curriculum. Delivered by the humanoid robot Milo, the Robots4Autism curriculum is designed to teach critical social skills to children on the autism spectrum.

The Robots4Autism emotion module uses mirroring to help children identify, discriminate and imitate facial expressions of nine different emotions. In these lessons, Milo first describes the facial features of an emotion and then models the corresponding expression. The child is then asked to identify or discriminate between emotions at increasing levels of difficulty. They look at subjects such as a picture of Milo or photographs and videos of people of various ages and cultures. Finally, the child is able to imitate Milo by looking into a tablet where the child can see his or her own face.

“Since children on the autism spectrum are less likely to exhibit mirroring, the imitation of gestures, speech patterns or attitudes of others, mirroring lessons are an important component of autism intervention,” said Dr. Pamela Rollins, MS, Ed.D., associate professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. “The updated Robots4Autism curriculum, coupled with Milo, offers a uniquely impactful method to teach emotions.”

With the newly released data portal, schools can track a variety of data on each student as they work through their individual lessons with Milo, and transmit the data to educators, parents and other parties. In addition to the data collection on student answers and timing, the robot also measures students’ eye contact, frustration and engagement level to provide a variety of data that are often not available to most schools.

“Data collection is critical for schools, parents and government funders to see how each child is progressing with the Robots4Autism lessons,” said Fred Margolin, CEO and co-founder of RoboKind. “Not only does the data portal give access to data on individual progress, but also how a group of individuals is responding to each lesson to discover what is working.”

To learn more about the new lessons using mirroring and data portal features, visit http://www.robokindrobots.com.

About RoboKind

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 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.

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