Design your dream robot

Categories Autism Treatment, Basics of Robotics, Robotics Research

During this weeks Pine Castle robotics club we asked everyone to design their ‘dream robot’. Some of these aspiring robotics engineers are not able to even speak but their voices were heard loud and clear. Robots should have faces and robots that look like animals are very cool. We even got stumped by one engineers questions about how optical sensors work. We had to smile when another told me they were “Very proud” of Buzz Lightyear and all he has accomplished. Robots are people too!

Note that this designer chose the use of animals and a known robot. Also, he was very interested in the total voltage required.
Note that this designer chose the use of animals and a known robot. Also, he was very interested in the total voltage required.
The majority of the 20+ designs included a face and arms and legs.
The majority of the 20+ designs included a face and arms and legs.

Applied Behavioral Analysis in Autism – Task Analysis Procedure

Categories Autism Treatment

Let’s take the example of hand washing. If you were teaching the person you would teach them all of the steps to complete a task. ┬áIt is called a behavioral chain. In task analysis teaching the bigger task is broken down further.

1. Turn the water on. (Prompt)
2. Get soap on hand. (Prompt)
3. Rub hands with water. (Prompt)
4. Rinse hands.
5. Turn off water.
6. Dry off with towel.

Each step is taught separately.

(Janet Lund PhD BCBA outlines the common approaches used in Applied Behavior Analysis. These approaches are taught in detail in MP’s ABA course.)