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RoboKind collaborates with top experts in autism therapy to ensure the efficacy of the Robots4Autism research-based curriculum that is delivered by Milo the robot. Research demonstrates that children with autism who are exposed to the curriculum and interact with Milo have observable increases in eye contact, body language and friendliness, as shown in the two graphics to the right.

Below is a selection of published research about the use of robots in autism therapy and social training. You can also learn more about the autism experts conducting research and helping with the ongoing development of Robots4Autism.


Robots4Autism Research

Dallas, Texas KIPP Truth Elementary School Case Study

Executive Summary

The Challenge

KIPP Truth Elementary School was looking for a solution to help teach emotional regulation and behavior skills to their students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Located in a traditionally underserved…

DE-ENIGMA Project – Robots Teaching Children with ASD to Mind Read: A Feasibility Study of Child-Robot Interaction during Emotion-Recognition Training


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have difficulty recognizing emotions and facial expressions relative to typically developing children. Several existing projects have shown promise in using robot-assisted interventions…

Spartanburg, SC Case Study Executive Summary

CASE STUDY: Children with autism in Spartanburg (SC) show  dramatic improvement with Milo, the social robot.


Bottom Line

The McCarthy Teszler School in Spartanburg, SC, discovered that a humanoid robot named Milo was an…

Robots4Autism: New Frontiers in Clinical Research

Video credit: Autism Programs and Research, UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Technology-Aided Instruction is Now Classified as One of the 27 Intervention Practices for Children with Autism

Pamela R Rollins, MS, EdD, CCC/SLP; and Michelle Neilon McFarlin, MS, CCC/SLP

The past decade has seen a surge in the use of technology to accelerate progress and support professionals and caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders…

Realistic Humanlike Robots for Treatment of ASD, Social Training, and Research; Shown to Appeal to Youths with ASD, Cause Physiological Arousal, and Increase Human-to-Human Social Engagement

David Hanson, Ph.D., et. al.

This paper describes results from preliminary psychology experiments, which indicate that people (both children and adults) with autism or ASD accept realistic human-like robots, are not afraid of such robots, find…

Robots4Autism: Using a Humanoid Robot as a Co-therapist with Children with ASD

Allison Kroiss, B.S., Danielle Sonego, B.S., Pamela Rollins Ed.D, CCC-SLP

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) exhibit significant impairments in development in social relatedness, reciprocal social behavior, social…


Robots as Tools to Help Children with ASD to Identify Emotions

Sandra Costa, Department of Electronic Engineering, Algoritmi Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal

Research on human-robot interaction has demonstrated that robots improve the response level, involvement and interest in children with…

Innovative Technology to Facilitate Social Intelligence in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Fred Margolin & Pamela R. Rollins, MS Ed.D. ccc-slp

Social skills intervention for children with ASD needs to focus on improving Theory of Mind skills to help with the understanding of emotions, relevant social cues, perspectives and…

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