We’re still working with the autism industry to determine the optimal features of the first autism robot. We do know it will use light and sound – here our device “comes alive” with it’s own heart beat.
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!
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. It 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.)
ROBAUTO surveyed more than 125 parents, teachers and caregivers in aggregate care for 250+ children and adults with autism. Here is what they are saying is working best:
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How do these robots learn to interact? Note their ability to push our social buttons. Watch Cynthia Breazeal from MIT and her team demonstrate some amazing robots that are getting really really close to acting totally human.
Watch Josh. Before he got this iPad communication app he was not able to communicate normally. When he got this iPad, his therapists were hit with a tsunami of communication.
“There is something about the way the iPad draws people in..”
“What we are thinking is that the device is constant. It’s always the same..”
Can a human learn to love a robot? In the case of Paro – it appears so.
Forget controlling robotics via the human brain. That’s old news compared to this recent advancement. Mold controlling emotions!