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Milo loves making faces in Shelby, Ohio

In Shelby, Ohio, Milo is hard at work helping Joshua Plante learn facial expressions. The Mansfield News Journal, an online publication, joins Joshua as he works through lesson plans with Milo. “I was surprised that he watched all the facial expressions,” Kelly Zakrajsek, Joshua’s mother and intervention specialist at Shelby High School, tells News Journal. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties looking at others or holding eye-contact, but with Milo, ASD learners watch in absolute fascination as the little robot smiles and frowns. Some children will go so far as to mimic the expressions shown. To make sure that children aren’t just memorizing the movement, Robots4Autism’s curriculum takes ASD learners through different situations and games to test their comprehension. The lessons are displayed on a tablet for the student to interact with, and a random generator…

Milo captivates at Fern Bluff Elementary’s STEAM Innovation showcase

As a teacher, you are tasked with filling your student’s little noggins with essential knowledge providing the best opportunities in life. Let’s be honest, keeping the attention of a classroom full of high-energy kids is no easy task. You’re competing with a world full of bright lights and sounds. 6-year-olds have their own iPhones, 8-year-olds have better Google-fu than you, and high school students think they know everything because the Internet said so. Parents are demanding the best education their taxpayer money can afford, but you can’t get Jr. to look up from the newest android. You wonder if there is a better solution that isn’t only engaging, but also affordable? Round Rock ISD Fern Bluff Elementary in Austin, Texas found a technology that doesn’t just captivate their students, but engages them on an all-new level. The school recently held a STEAM innovation showcase where…

The Osgood File reports on Milo and Robots4Autism

Milo, a robot designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is making his way across Dallas schools. “Meet Milo, the robot,” Don Champion from CBS News reports from KIPP Truth Academy in Dallas.”He’s got moves – and skills.” Skills he does indeed have. Milo was created to ensure that students with ASD acquire the social skills and appropriate emotional responses that will help them succeed in their academic and social environments. “[They] learn these social skills and are then able to actually start interacting with other people,” Richard Margolin, the co-founder of RoboKind, explained. Milo helps students with ASD through engaging them in non-overwhelming ways. “Milo’s consistent speech patterns and behavior repetitions are key for children with autism,” Margolin told CBS’ Don Champion. “When you bring technology into it, it’s something they can engage…

WCAX.com and CBS check in with Milo and KIPP Truth Academy in Dallas

Robots4Autism and Milo, the robot, are making their way across Dallas schools. “Milo is a new tool teaching children with autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder how to work through social situations in the classroom,” Don Champion from CBS News reports. Make no mistake, Milo is not a commodity. He is a tool created by RoboKind to ensure students with ASD acquire the social skills and appropriate emotional responses that will help them succeed in their academic and social environments. “The goal is that they learn these social skills and are then able to interact with other people,”  Richard Margolin, the co-founder of RoboKind, explained. Milo helps students with ASD through engaging them in non-overwhelming ways. “Milo’s consistent speech patterns and behavior repetitions are key for children with autism,”Margolin told CBS’ Don Champion. “When you bring technology into it… it’s…

CBS On the Bright Side check in with Milo at Kipp Truth Academy

CBS News, On the Bright Side, checks in on Milo at Kipp Truth Academy in Dallas. The Robots4Autism program is in full swing and helping students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) build confidence in social interaction. The program gives children the building blocks for communication and even helps ASD learners develop emotional awareness. “He’s [Milo] a new tool to help teach children with autism how to work through social situations in the classroom,” Don Champion from CBS News said. Perhaps the most important part of Milo is his patience and willingness to repeat lessons, as children with autism need repetition to grasp different concepts. Richard Margolin, cofounder and CTO of RoboKind, told CBS that Milo’s consistent speech patterns and behavior repetitions are key for children with autism. RoboKind points out that robots are able to engage students with ASD 80% more often than…

Educating the Educators: Talking to your child’s teacher

You knew something was different about your son or daughter. They don’t respond to you although the doctor says there is nothing wrong with their hearing. When they do talk, they never look you in the eyes. If something is wrong they can’t tell you why. They throw fits on a regular basis, making it impossible to go out. Finally,  you take your child to the doctor who diagnoses them with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The question on your mind is’ what to do now?’. There is an abundance of information and treatments out there, which, more or less, force a child with ASD to stop a behavior. Traditional therapy seems more like correctional treatment. It forces your child to bend to societal standards and doesn’t address the underlying struggles of your son or daughter. While traditional therapy can improve some of your child’s behavior, it can take months or years for any results. That’s…

Teacher to Principal: Robots4Autism

Being a special education teacher is no easy task. You have to work within a system that has little wiggle room to accommodate students with special needs, and deal with parents who demand the best for their child, all the while giving each of your students the tools they need to succeed beyond your classroom. Working with parents to set realistic IEP goals that can be met in a timely manner can seem like an impossible task, even more so when working with students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD learners present a different kind of challenge when trying to set and meet IEP goals. With traditional therapy methods it can seem like you are trying to forcefully correct a behavior instead of letting the student naturally step out of their shell.  If the student does make progress towards a goal, there isn’t always a way suitable way to measure their success. Is there a better…

Milo demonstrates leave-taking skills

GoUpstate.com posts a video of Milo at McCarthy Teszler School in South Carolina, the first school in its district to join Robots4Autism. In the video, Milo is working with a student demonstrating leave-taking, or goodbye. This is one of the modules that helps children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) develop the skill to look others in the eye. One characteristic of ASD is difficulties looking at others. Throughout Robots4Autism’s curriculum, ASD learners are repeatedly asked to look at Milo and then shown video examples of Milo’s ‘friends,’ to further reinforce the lesson. These lessons are displayed on smart devices for the student to interact with Milo. In the video, Milo does not work alone. A teacher is present and encourages the student to follow directions or help solve questions. Robots4Autism wasn’t designed to replace practitioners. Instead, he works with teachers,…

RoboKind wins big at LAUNCH Festival!

RoboKind took the world’s largest Startup event by storm. Richard Margolin, Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, went head to head in a pitch battle against some of the best entrepreneurs to win LAUNCH Festival’s Best in Education. Scouted last November by the Dallas IBM Startup Outreach program, Richard took on 20 of the top entrepreneurs companies in Dallas. His impressive pitch won the company a spot in the top 60 Startup quarterfinals. His winning streak didn’t stop there as RoboKind was selected among the top 10 to go to LAUNCH Festival where the top three gave their pitches to a panel of investors. While Richard impressed with his pitch, Milo captivated convention goers. “We were very successful at this event in achieving what we set out to do, which was a lot of exposure,” Richard said RoboKind and Milo were a big hit at the convention. Milo’s expressive face and mission to…

Milo teaching children at McCarthy Teszler School in South Carolina

McCarthy Teszler School in South Carolina is the first in its district to join the Robots4Autism program. The school created for children with special needs has always sought to give their students the best education possible by leveraging new practices and technology. Studies show that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) connect better with technology, which is one of the reasons why RoboKind’s Milo is so successful. “The best way to think about Milo is a bridge between our world and their world,” Kylie McKinney, an autism specialist at McCarthy Teszler School, told The State, an online publication. “They’re sometimes so entranced in technology, but Milo draws their attention up to him.” “Many of the students who have worked with the robot have an easier time interacting with devices like smartphones or iPads,” Elena Ghionis, another autism specialist at McCarthy Teszler…

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