Why was Milo developed for autism?
Research shows that children with autism can often more quickly relate to a humanoid robot than with an adult because of their mechanical inclinations. Using a robot for autism therapy uses the strengths of children with autism to help them learn the social and behavioral skills they lack.
What makes Milo better for autism therapy than other robot technologies?
- Emotions: Milo can demonstrate and teach children to show emotions and human-like facial expressions. Other robots cannot.
- Engagement: Milo engages children to learn by teaching social and emotional skills and can also incorporate group activities.
- Programming: Milo is programmed with the most effective curriculum developed by autism experts.
- Tablets: Robot-tablet applications support instruction by using a facilitator tablet and a student tablet.
- Affordability: Milo is priced to be affordable for both individual and institutional use.
Will Milo replace autism therapists?
No, Milo was designed to augment autism therapy provided by professionals and teachers.
How does Milo help children with autism?
Milo engages each child and delivers a research-based lesson plan that helps them develop understanding, practice and application of each concept. He intrinsically motivates children to learn.
Can Milo teach children to show emotions?
Yes! Milo has our unique, expressive face that allows him to demonstrate emotions. Children can more easily learn these concepts from Milo because he is non-threatening.
Does Milo work alone or with the therapist for a session?
The teacher or therapist acts as the facilitator between Milo and the child.
Do you have to be a robot or computer expert to use Milo?
Absolutely not! We designed our robot to be extremely easy to use. We provide an instruction manual to help you. If you prefer to speak with a human for assistance, we have support staff available too.
Does Milo move or just stand there and talk?
Yes, Milo moves and talks. He has five degrees of freedom in each arm, seven in his head, one in his waist and walking legs.
How long will Milo last?
Milo’s hardware is designed to last up to three years. The lesson content and plans are designed for a year of therapy with extension activities available. With the subscription service we offer, we will replace your robot with a brand new one after three years.
Is Milo just for therapy or does he have a “play” mode?
Milo will have a play mode he may use to re-engage a child to make learning more effective.
What are the goals of Robots4Autism therapy?
The objectives of robot therapy include learning to pick up on emotions, express empathy, act more appropriate in social situations, self-motivate and generalize in the population.
Does Milo record the therapy sessions?
No, Milo does not record sessions. He does have a camera that will act as a mirror during certain lessons within the program.
Is Milo available for purchase by parents?
At this time, we are selling Milo and the Robots4Autism curriculum primarily for institutional use. If you are a parent, relative or caregiver of a child with autism and would like him or her to benefit from working with Milo, please let your school or treatment center know that you would like them to purchase Robots4Autism. We are also happy to reach out to the facility your child attends. If you’d like to provide us with a referral, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
If you are a school, clinic or other institution that works with children with autism, please contact 800-494-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I incorporate non-autistic children in the program?
Yes, some of our schools use students who may have other social or emotional diagnosis.
Can I use Robots4Autism with two or more students at the same time?
Yes! Children love the group activities and is a great way to engage autistic children with others.
Are there any pre-requisite skills for children?
Yes. They need to understand the English language and understand picture symbol icons (they do NOT have to be vocal). They must be able to answer questions, particularly yes and no type questions. They must also have the motor abilities to respond to queries on the tablet.
Do you collect any data?
Yes! We have a dedicated web portal, where you can measure progress of the students. This will also be where you can manage your facilitators and students, by adding or removing them.