Robot uses AI to personalize teaching of autistic children

TNW | February 28, 2020

Robot uses AI to personalize teaching of autistic children
Researchers have developed a new personalized learning robot for autistic children that uses machine learning to adapt its lessons to each kid’s changing needs. The University of Southern California team put a “socially assistive robot” called Kiwi in the homes of 17 autistic children and set the two-foot-tall, green-feathered robot to give each child personalized classes. Over the course of a month, the children played space-themed math games on a tablet device while Kiwi provided feedback and instruction, such as congratulating them on a correct answer or giving tips after a wrong one. As the lessons progressed, algorithms adjusted Kiwi’s feedback and the difficulty of the games to the child’s individual needs. By the end of the month, all of the children had improved their math skills, while 92% had also improved their social skills.

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Telehealth platforms — speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or mental health services via computer, tablet, or smartphone. • No longer are location and travel barriers to working with professionals in the field • Therapy is available to everyone, everywhere, anytime • Licensed clinical professionals work face-to-face with students via secure, live, online video sessions Drives engagement and student outcomes.