Four main behaviors are associated with autism:
- Difficulty in communication
- Difficulty in social interactions
- Obsessive interests, such as drawing
- Repetitive behaviors
Obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors are not necessarily maladaptive and should be encouraged as they are unique to that child’s personality. However, challenges in communication and social interactions can impact social relationships and acceptance by other children.
The interactive misty robot can help children with autism improve interpersonal skills so they can have positive interactions with others.
RAI: the Solution to Mastering Academics
Ultimately, RAI is an effective learning mechanism for children diagnosed with autism. Robot-Assisted Instruction (RAI) is key in helping children with autism master academics and continually evolve into productive members of society. There are significant benefits in employing this alternative, which include:
- Universal Acceptance – kids love robots and are more willing to accept them as trusted companions.
- No Judgment – Robots aren’t judgmental and use speech that is monotone and easy for children with varying abilities to understand.
- Efficiency – Robots don’t get tired and can provide as much wait time, repetition, breaks, extra praise, and patience as needed per child.
- Consistent Learning – Robots can help reinforce concepts through repetition, providing encouragement and promoting perseverance.
- Predictability – RAI is designed to be predictable in the way lessons are introduced and practiced. This provides a sense of predictability the child can feel comfortable with and expect.