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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…

Chicago Tribune features Milo

Milo can’t stop showing off for the press. Chicago Tribune is the latest news outlet to sit down and talk with Milo about his work with ASD children. He appears with his friend Pamela Rollins, who helped to develop Milo’s extensive curriculum. “We found that the children, especially the fluent ones, were engaged about 87 percent of the time,” Rollins tells Chicago Tribune, “we also look at how they interact with the therapist, and that was at about 3 percent.” Milo’s cartoonish design is non-threatening for children with ASD, who often feel uncomfortable looking at a regular person directly in the face. His curriculum teaches a broad range of behaviors, and his expressive face helps children learn to recognize expressions. He speaks 20% slower than the average human, which allows a student to listen and understand lesson plans more easily. The most important aspect of Milo is his…

Milo makes 127 new friends thanks to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

Milo is making new friends thanks to the Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller Education Technology program. In March the Flutie Foundation awarded a grant of $52,000 in technology to 12 organizations (each receiving up to $5,000) to help fund educational opportunities for children with ASD. In 1988, The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie. Fluite’s son, Doug Jr, was diagnosed with autism at age three. The foundation has raised and granted over $10 million to services helping autistic children throughout America and Canada. In this latest batch of grants, 4 SMART Boards, 10 laptops, 39 iPads, and other technology along with Milo, will support a total of 560 children with ASD. The emphasis on technology is due to recent studies that suggest ASD learners interact better with technology than humans. Work with Milo has shown that ASD students…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Kids with Autism

Today the Supreme Court raises the bar for the standard of education for students with autism!  Milo and Robots4Autism can help improve outcomes for students and it will be easier than ever to get robots into your child’s school. “In its ruling, the Supreme Court sided with parents of an autistic teen in Colorado who said their public school did not do enough to help their son make progress. They sought reimbursement for the cost of sending him to private school. Roberts said the law requires an educational program “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” He did not elaborate on what that progress should look like, saying it depends on the “unique circumstances” of each child. He added that there should also be deference to school officials. “When all is said and done, a student offered an educational…

No town is too small, Milo in Piute County, Utah

KLS, a news station in Utah, is on a mission to recognize and understand small town struggles with poverty and education. During their journey through the state, KLS visited Piute County, which has a population of less than 2,000. Piute County is encouraging students to pursue higher education in hopes that new jobs will come to the county. Part of this process is providing opportunities for everyone, including those that need a little extra hand. Piute’s district has about 300 students that can work closely with teachers due to small class sizes. In Circleville Elementary, Kristy Delange teams up with Milo to help Autistic children gain equal access to opportunities neurotypical students have. Cullen Waddington is one of Delange’s students who has been learning from Milo for the last three months. Cullen’s mother and Delange have already noticed a tremendous improvement in Cullen’s…

Milo helps Children in St. Charles School District 303

Kane Country Chronicle covers Milo’s work in Illinois with St. Charles school district 303. Milo assists several students between elementary and middle school with developing basic social awareness. During the Innovators in Education conference, Superintendent Don Schlomann learned about Robots4Autsim and Milo’s curriculum. He encouraged his department of instruction to approve Robots4Autsim despite their initial hesitance. Karen Maladra, associate director of interventions for St. Charles School District 303, said to Kane Country Chronicle, “Kids with autism are a rapidly rising population across the country, so we’re always looking for better ways to service them.” District 303 has 226 students on the autism spectrum, and autism is only on the rise with 1 in 68 people born being on the spectrum. When Maladra first started working with autistic children in the 1990s, it was 1 child in…

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