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Robokind Is Using Milo To Help Kids With Autism

By Peter Schaeffer He’s part robotic buddy, he’s part aide, he’s part companion, he’s part teacher and his totally cool. That’s Milo, from Robokind and he is the most amazing robot we’ve ever seen. If you’ve paid attention to nibletz.com, we’ve seen, and our 10 year old edtech reporter Tatum, has seen a LOT of robots. Tatum had breakfast on Wednesday at TCEA with Milo and his creator Richard Margolin, a guy who’s been creating expressive robots for over a decade. The Dallas based engineer has created robots with amazing realistic movements and facial expressions. We’re talking Milo could unlock an iPhone X. Margolin explained that he has had the opportunity to use his talent and expertise to create some cool one off robots used as special effects and in movies but with Milo he knew he had something truly special. While creating Milo he was also researching Autism and some of the things…

Milo the Robot Helps Autistic Children with Social Cues

By Chelsey Trahan TEXAS – Milo is the therapy of the future. He a robot that helps children with autism learn about social experiences. The Dallas-based company Robokind bridges the gap between children and teachers through Milo, who helps improve children’s social skills. He is available in 26 schools across Texas. “Kids on average only engage with their therapist 2 to 3 percent of the session, which is almost nothing, and with our robots, they are engaging 87 1/2 percent of the time,” said founder Richard Margolin. More than a half million students in the U.S. are on the autism spectrum, and more than 50,000 live in Texas. Autistic children often struggle to interpret social cues – like appropriate eye contact, and when and how to speak to others. This internal struggle can manifest as severe anxiety. “One day when he comes home and self-realize,…

High-Tech Robot Helping Students with Autism in Elgin ISD

By Erin Jones, KVUE Meet Milo, a high-tech robot who’s known around here for working with students with autism. At Elgin ISD, a high-tech kid robot is helping students with autism. His name is Milo and he’s working to transform how they interact with others. “We have 14 students who are working with Milo,” Elgin ISD special education teacher Dr. Shannon Darst said. “He’s meant to be basically a teacher or a co-therapist,” Milo’s creator Richard Margolin said. Milo is designed to improve social and behavioral skills in children who have autism. “Milo has a bunch of different programs that concentrate on different themes, like helping a person calm themselves down, greetings, turn-taking and making choices,” Dr. Darst said. “He can repeat a lesson multiple times. We’re not really able to replicate that.” Elgin…

Meet Milo, a robot helping Texas students with autism

By Steffi Lee, KXAN ELGIN, Texas – It used to be difficult for Elgin Middle School seventh-grader Abigail Wise to stay focused during some of her lessons in the classroom. “Sometimes self-soothing and calming was a challenge,” Dr. Shannon Darst, itinerant teacher of students with visual impairments, said. However, after more than a year of using Milo, a robot designed to help students with autism spectrum disorder by Texas-based company RoboKind, Wise is now engaged and attentive. The curriculum when working with Milo deals with teaching students social skills. “She knows how to greet,” Darst said. “She knows how to say goodbye.” Creators of Milo say students respond to Milo because of the robot’s facial expressions. Research from the Callier Center for Communication Disorders shows “individuals with autism start talking to the robots when they don’t talk to other people.” “We are…

Mother of boys with autism says new Milo robot has “taken them out of their shell”

By Michelle Zhu   LUGOFF, SC (WACH)–According to state education officials, the number of S.C. students diagnosed with autism has doubled from 4,000 in 2011 to 8,000 in 2017. Traditional teaching methods don’t always reach those students, but a school in the Midlands has a new tool making a difference. Carrie Watson has two sons coping with autism. She says communication hasn’t always been easy. But a new robot called Milo is being used at their elementary school in Lugoff. Watson says it’s helped Colby and Jacob go from nonverbal to expressive. “I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks, especially since they brought Milo in here, he has been talking to me more, he has been telling me his needs and wants more. Colby is the same thing,” says Watson. Right now, Kershaw County is one of fifteen school districts in South Carolina under the…

How Students with ASD Learn Social Skills from a Robot

A speech-language pathologist shares how she collaborates with a two-foot-tall humanoid named Milo to help students with autism become more attentive and engaged in discussion. By Jean Graham Many people may not know that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest-growing developmental disabilityin the U.S. One in 45 children ages 3–17 are currently living with ASD. But how does this affect our classrooms? As a speech-language pathologist at Broome-Tioga BOCES in New York, I work closely every day with about 24 students who have ASD. With a growing program at BOCES, we decided to pilot Milo, a robot equipped to help students with ASD develop stronger communication and social skills, to work along with our current instruction and therapy. Milo walks, talks, and demonstrates human facial expressions on his own face as well as through videos on an accompanying iPad. Through the…

RoboKind Changes the Lives of Students on the Autism Spectrum Nationwide

Milo the facially expressive humanoid robot and his accompanying social-emotional curriculum are being used in 290 districts and throughout the state of South Carolina (Dallas, TX) January 31, 2018 — RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics and the creator of Milo and robots4autism, is proud to be the provider of advanced social-emotional curriculum to 290 school districts in 27 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Since the company launched in 2011, Milo the humanoid robot has delivered more than 250,000 lessons to children with autism spectrum Disorder (ASD), and currently works with thousands of children daily. “It’s our personal mission to ensure that every student with ASD has the opportunity to reach their highest potential,” said Greg Firn, the Chief Operating Officer of RoboKind. “These kids have so much potential to contribute to our world, and we owe it to them, and…

On Learning How to Face Up to Things

BY RICK RADER, MD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF – EP MAGAZINE At the Orange Grove Center we are investigating the merits of using robots to teach medical students and family practice residents in teaching facial expression recognition. Some diseases, conditions and disorders just don’t sound menacing. Cramps, flus, corns, styes and cysts. Even without knowing what they actually are, you could easily shrug your shoulders from the sound of their names. But then there are others. Take Mad Cow Disease, Flesh Eating Bacteria, Walking Corpse Syndrome, Alien Hand Syndrome, Exploding Head Syndrome and Werewolf Syndrome. Without even knowing what they actually are, they sound menacing enough to have you head for the hills. The descriptions sound like something from a Stephen King novel. In addition, even without the descriptive terms, the sheer length of some diseases would have most of us cowering….

RoboKind’s Workshop on Robot-Mediated Behavior Intervention

RoboKind is one of the nation’s leading providers of the most widely used robots in autism therapies, and has teamed up with academic researchers in robotics and autism to advance the understanding of the use, benefits, and role of robots in autism intervention as well as the robotics technology that must be developed to facilitate large-scale clinical deployment of robots. The workshop will discuss the possibility of establishing a framework for developing a certification standard for RMI. Sign up at the tickets link to livestream the event for free! Program Schedule: 9:00 Workshop Opens | Welcome and Opening Comments ​ 9:30 Dr. Shelley Margow, “Introducing an Integrated Treatment Approach to Using Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” ​ 10:15 Prof. Pamela R. Rollins, “Using Humanoid Robots to Foster Social Engagement and Conversation in Children…

Spartanburg District 2 invests in advanced autism education

Spartanburg District 2 has made an investment in the future of their students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Milo, a facially-expressive humanoid robot and product of Robots4Autism, is the center of a program and curriculum that is being used across the country to help teach social skills to students with ASD. Milo is being implemented at Shoally Creek Elementary School in Boiling Springs, SC, and at Rainbow Lake Middle School in Chesnee, according to a report by 7News: New robots at Spartanburg District 2 helping students with autism. According to Mark Child, marketing director with RoboKind, the beauty of Milo is that “he can teach the same lesson over and over. He never gets tired. He never gets frustrated. He uses the same tone of voice.” Spartanburg District 2 purchased Milo and the Robots4Autism program after seeing the results from another Spartanburg school district….

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