The makers of the social robot Milo have teamed up with Losey Brothers EdTech Consultants and Hamilton County ESC to serve the growing number of students with autism
(Cincinnati, OHIO) June 7, 2018 — RoboKind, the creators of robots4autism and Milo, a facially expressive humanoid robot, today announced a new partnership with Losey Brothers EdTech Consultants, who will bring RoboKind solutions and services to schools and districts throughout Ohio and surrounding states, and Hamilton County ESC (Educational Service Center), who will serve as the exclusive service and training provider in Ohio.
The CDC recently announced the number of students identified as on the autism spectrum is dramatically rising, changing their statistic from 1 in 68 to 1 in 58 children being on the spectrum. Working to support this growing number of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), RoboKind has developed Milo, a facially expressive, social robot. Along with the accompanying robots4autism curriculum, Milo helps students on the spectrum learn to self-regulate, to greet people appropriately, and to navigate social interactions.
“The partnership between RoboKind, EdTech Consultants, and Hamilton County ESC is extremely exciting and highlights Ohio as a leader in providing solutions that positively impact the lives of students with autism,” said Dr. Greg Firn, the chief operating officer of RoboKind. “The new statistics from the CDC highlight the need for solutions that help students with autism. It is our mission to offer life-changing solutions to schools and districts to help support their students with ASD, and with the help of these organizations, we will reach even more students in the Midwest region.”
Losey Brothers EdTech Consultants has specialized in supporting schools with educational technology applications for more than 27 years. “We are honored and excited to provide Ohio students with new high-tech educational resources that help level the playing field and encourage success,” said Mark Losey, the president of Losey Brothers EdTech Consultants. “The robots4autism program certainly fits exceedingly well into our goals of engaging students and empowering educators to customize learning.”
“We believe that Milo is a useful tool in bridging the communication gap between students and their learning, revealing a world of endless possibilities for them,” said Teresa Clevidence, the assistive technology consultant and intervention and support supervisor at Hamilton County ESC. “Hamilton County ESC views training facilitators in using Milo with their students as a privilege. We are excited to work with the educators across Ohio as they experience the benefits Milo brings to their students.”
About Hamilton County ESC
Hamilton County ESC (Educational Service Center) provides support to educational entities, non-profits, and other government agencies in instruction, administration, personnel, and finance. With a staff of nearly 800 experienced and talented professionals, Hamilton County ESC designs programs, offers services, and provides support in the areas of special education, instruction, curriculum and assessment, leadership, data analysis, and educational technology. Their business operations related services include graphic design and digital printing, technology administration, insurance consortia, personnel and financial services, and a unified purchasing cooperative.
About Losey Brothers EdTech Consultants
Losey Brothers EdTech Consultants has specialized in supporting schools with educational technology applications for over 27 years. The edtech world has totally changed during that time, but the mission has not changed: Identify the most beneficial and cost-effective tech resources that should be readily available for schools in our region, then provide unconditional support for each school that sees a particular resource as a great fit for their setting.
RoboKind is a Dallas-based company whose mission is to create cost-effective and inclusive education for all. Working closely with the ASD community, RoboKind has developed robots4autism and Milo, the most advanced, facially expressive humanoid robot, who has proven effectiveness in engaging learners with ASD over 80% of the time, as opposed to the 3% for traditional therapy. Milo never gets tired, never gets frustrated, and is always consistent, which is important when teaching through repetition. His friendly demeanor and patience encourages learners with ASD to step out of their shell and gives them the courage to interact with their environment.
The team behind robots4autism is constantly refining the curriculum through feedback from families and practitioners. RoboKind is dedicated to opening and creating pathways for all ages and groups so they can thrive in the real world through cost-effective means. To learn more, please visit RoboKind.com and follow Milo on Twitter or Facebook.