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CBS Miami interview RoboKind’s Cofounder Richard Margolin at KIPP Truth Academy in Dallas

CBS Miami joins RoboKind’s Cofounder Richard Margolin at KIPP Truth Academy in Dallas to learn more about Milo and his work with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The news coverage highlights one of Milo’s most beneficial lessons plans, the Cool Down methods, which helps ASD Learners develop self-regulating techniques. “When you bring technology into it, whether it’s Milo or something else, you end up with a bridge where it’s something they can engage with,” Margolin tells CBS Miami, commenting on the success of Milo. “It’s something that’s less overwhelming to them.” Milo’s cartoonish appearance is less threatening to children with ASD and is designed to speak 20% slower than the average human. He never gets tired or frustrated and is always willing to repeat a lesson as many times as needed. Repetition is key for teaching ASD learners. Keenan, one of the first graders…

John Rigazio recognized by New York Senate for autism fundraising efforts

John Rigazio is a perfect example that nothing is impossible for someone with autism. Diagnosed at the age six, John’s family joined efforts to improve and support the autistic community. Joseph, John’s father and CEO of Talisen Construction Corporation, funded many organizations such as Autism Speaks. Since 2009, Rigazio family participated in a multitude of autism awareness events. One event they joined is called Bike to the Beach, a 100-mile journey from Manhattan to Westhampton. John, now a senior at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, and Joseph joined a 25-member team named Team Talisen, and raised over $40,000. “Seeing everyone from school was great,” John told PRNewswire, when discussing his trip through his hometown to Westhampton and seeing the support of people gathered to watch his team ride through. “We trained a lot for the ride and I had fun doing it together…

Autism Community weighs in on Sesame Street’s newest friend Julia

Portraying people with differences in media is no easy task. Challenging stereotypes can be even more difficult. In the case of autism, creating a character that represents an entire community can seem insurmountable, but the team at Sesame Street was more than willing to take up the challenge. In the episode “Meet Julia” Sesame Street gets a new friend who’s on the spectrum. Throughout the episode, Julia’s “quirks” are explained to Big Bird and in turn the audience. After the episode aired, the autism community weighed in to decide if Sesame Street created a positive image for a child with autism. In the Spokesman-Review, an online news publication, joined several families who have children with autism to get their take on Julia, the newest Sesame Street friend. The families pointed out that Sesame Street did a good job of incorporating different aspects of autism spectrum disorder…

West Vancouver is the first Canadian school district to work with Milo

It’s been a little over two months since Rebecca Vincent, a Therapist and Learning Support teacher from West Vancouver, Canada, tweeted RoboKind about her student completing his first session. Since then, West Vancouver has been gaining attention as the first school district in Canada to use Milo. Global News checked in with the school district, which has a total of five robots, to see what all the fuss was about. “My favorite thing about him is that he’s a robot and it’s really cool that a toy can actually do this,” Christian Chorbajian, one of Vincent’s gifted students with autism spectrum disorder, told Global News. Milo is helping Christian, and other students with ASD improve their conversational and situational skills. “What sold me on the program was not just the fact that Milo is a robot, which is the draw for the kids and brings them in, but it’s extremely well-researched;…

Disruptor Daily places RoboKind on top 10 list of disruptive companies in Dallas

Disruptor Daily, an online publication that covers the latest innovations by companies, founders, and more, listed RoboKind among the Top 10 Disruptive Companies in Dallas. First on the list, Disruptor Daily gives a brief introduction to RoboKind’s R25, an expressive robot also known as Milo and Jett. Milo is the face of RoboKind’s Robots4Autism, which teaches children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) how to identify facial expressions using his fully-articulate, emotive face. His curriculum is comprised of basic social interactions and self-regulation techniques, such as the Calm Down methods, which help ASD learners integrate into a class setting with their peers. Jett teams up with Robots4STEM, a program created to teach children, as early as 3rd grade and late as high school, the basics of computer science. In conjunction with Jett, RoboKind developed a visual drag-and-drop…

Sensory-friendly activities and screenings for children with special needs

Sometimes, in a two-hour-long movie, kids just can’t sit still.  Other moviegoers call the disruptive kid misbehaved. Outsiders call into question the parents’ ability to discipline their child without consideration that there may be a reason the child is acting out. In cases for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs, loud noises and a dark unfamiliar environment might cause the child to respond negatively. Thankfully movie theaters and other organizations across the country have taken into consideration the growing need for inclusive services and dedicated a day for children with special needs and their families to enjoy the latest entertainment. Sensory-friendly activities and special need screenings create a welcoming environment where no one complains if a kid walks around or talks during those emotional movie moments. Theaters, like Studio Movie…

Hong Kong Apple Daily covers Milo

Milo’s expressive face and cute dances have caught the attention of Hong Kong’s news reporters. The latest in press mentions comes from HK Apple Daily who ran a spot on Milo during RoboKind’s visit to San Francisco. Pat Nicklen, Chief Product Officer at RoboKind, expressed the importance of Milo’s Calm Down lessons to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn how to self-regulate their behavior. Children with ASD receive and process information differently and do not always know how to handle the stimuli, which often leads to meltdowns. Milo’s Calm Down lessons give ASD learners three methods to use, countdown, squeeze a stress ball, or take deep breaths. These techniques have proven to be successful and are one of the lessons that teachers who work with Milo, consider to be one of the most important lessons in Milo’s curriculum. The Calm Down methods have helped ASD…

One of the new Power Rangers is “on the spectrum”, and why that is so important

This isn’t just another review of the new Power Ranger movie, released last March. This article is about the new blue ranger and his representation of an underrepresented and often misunderstood community. A large part of the media displays people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as strange, and as loners. Films often depict ASD as a group to feel sorry for, spreading the narrative that they can never fit into society. Whether films mean to or not, this depiction spreads a negative image that sets the tone for how the real world deals with ASD. Over the last few years, conversations have taken place with how to change this negative image, and correctly represent one of the fast growing communities in the world. 1 in every 68 children born are diagnosed with ASD, which is a 23 percent increase from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) previous estimated 1 in 110…

Des Moines, Iowa – Officers show support of Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month has officially begun. Organizations across the country and around the globe are raising awareness for the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world. In the United States alone, 1 in every 68 children born are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In Des Moines, Iowa, the Norwalk Police Department is showing support by wearing specialty patches. Officers have been spotted wearing colorful puzzle pieces while on duty. The puzzle piece design is a symbol used by the National Autistic Society. The Norwalk Police Department is running a fundraiser that will provide assistance to families affected by autism. Each patch is worth $5 and is donated to the Homestead in Clive, Iowa, a group that provides academic services to children with autism. While fundraisers make the round during the month, on Sunday, April 9th, Monuments will lit in blue lights in honor…

RoboKind makes Common Desk list of 18 hottest startups in Dallas

There has been a flurry of news coverage for Milo over the last few months. From places like Piute County, to London, England, the world has watched Milo open doors of opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In a united effort with the ASD community, RoboKind has made a product that is making a difference. Common Desk, a group dedicated to creating accessible co-working spaces in the Dallas area and beyond, has taken note of the incredible accomplishments by naming RoboKind as one of the 18 hottest startups in Dallas. Each company has been recognized for their innovative solutions to real-world problems, or finding ways to arrogate information. RoboKind comes in at number 15 on the list along side Nosha, a meal packet of fruits and vegetables located in Oak Cliff, and Traxo, a company that helps build full travel packages located in downtown Dallas. Check out…

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