Our most famous robot, iPal, was a hit at Collision Conference last month, and is helpful in a wide variety of places, including schools, elderly care centres, retail environments, and at home. The kids at Guelph Public Library even already have one. But perhaps the most moving thing iPal can do is help children with autism.
About 1 in every 65-70 Canadian children is diagnosed with autism, and children with autism spectrum disorder frequently struggle with mainstream education practices, or communicating and relating to others in a healthy way.
Fortunately, our iPal robot comes with innovative new autism therapy software—available at no additional cost—that helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) overcome these challenges.
An iPal with autism therapy software will:
- Offer simple, repetitive, un-intimidating—yet engaging—lessons to students with ASD
- Help students with ASD improve social interactions
- Help students with ASD develop every day life skills
- Help decrease their natural anxiety levels
- Motivate and engage children with custom, personalized lessons
We believe that robotics therapy is a game-changer for the many children suffering because of the difficulties that accompany life with ASD today.
The students’ interactions were extremely positive and they quickly observed characteristics or traits of the robot that they could identify with; for example when the robot told a story to them with a Star Wars theme, a student responded, ‘He’s awesome. He has a memory like me.’
—GLENN MCGRATH, Director of Pupil Services, West Hartford Public School District