The early years of a child’s life are crucial in development. The brain is constantly growing and changing, allowing new skills to be learned through contact with the child’s environment. In the early years, a child’s brain creates many simple neural circuits which over time are refined into more complex, specialized pathways. Autism spectrum disorder […]
Children with autism often have difficulty in understanding the emotional status of others and often structured activities for teaching emotion understanding is very important. Not being able to understand emotions and not being able to react to emotions in others and in themselves, is one of the main causes of distress for people with autism. […]
“QTrobot for autism is our own personal at-home robot tutor and in the past 6 months, we have been using it every night to do a little bit of learning in a consistent way. My children respond very well to QTrobot and they are certainly more motivated to respond to QT asking them than me […]
Recognizing facial expressions of emotions is critical for creating connections and social interaction in early life. Recognizing emotions and expressions of others is one of the basic skills allowing us to understand people’s intentions and mind status and has an important role in enabling us to interact with people around us. In this blog we […]
“When we first decided to get an educational robot, we were unsure what to expect, but now we are thrilled we decided to get QT. We are able to help our son all year round. Our son has acquired new knowledge and has developed new skills. It was QT who showed him how to wave hi, which we could not get […]
Teaching new vocabulary including spatial prepositions to children with autism requires structured activities. In this blog you can find some tips and step by step activities you can use to help your child practice and learn the vocabulary related to spatial prepositions! Based on CDC’s developmental milestones, a typically developing child should be able to […]
QTrobot helped my son to finally grasp what each emotion means and how each of them is expressed. He also started to notice when he was feeling an emotion. For example, now he often tells me that he feels green, that means everything is alright!
“Rayan is my first child and he has autism. Now he attends a special needs school in France. QTrobot was introduced in the school in one-to-one sessions and Rayan was working with the robot in the past year.” says Ryan’s mom. Rayan really likes QTrobot. He enjoys going to work with it. He feels very […]
A robot to teach social interaction to children with autism?! At the first look, this idea seems counter-intuitive. however, using robots for social skills training in learners with ASD has been very promising so far. There are many years of research showing that children with autism are more comfortable interacting with robots comparing to human […]
In this case study, speech therapists evaluate the impact of QTrobot on improving the effectiveness of speech therapy for students with autism. Based on their observation, using a robot can enhance speech therapy effectiveness by improving the engagement and collaboration of students on the spectrum and by encreasing imitation and motivation to use verbal language. […]
For many years researchers and therapists have tested a variety of technologies to assist them in teaching new skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Scientific and empirical studies have shown technology to be useful in autism training and have promoted Technology-aided Instruction and Intervention (TAII) to be one of the 27 accepted evidence-based practices. One of the […]
Turn-taking is a skill that plays an important role in social success. Often children with autism struggle with the concept of taking turns and sharing toys, leading to difficulties when playing with peers and friends. However, we can use a variety of interactive games for teaching turn taking to children with autism. Some tips before […]
Imitation is considered a fundamental skill for social development, since it allows children to learn rapidly and effectively by simply watching those around them. Many skills related to early childhood are acquired unconsciously just by witnessing parents, siblings and peers demonstrating them.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have mental health problems that are related to their challenges in recognizing and interpreting emotions or their difficulties in controlling and reacting to emotions. Therefore, teaching emotions to children with autism and implementing interventions to enhance their emotional skills has the potential to improve children’s mental health and quality of life.
Joint attention or shared attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. It is observed when one individual diverts the attention of the other to an object by eye-gaze, pointing, gesture, sound or verbal indication. It is usually developed long before children are able to express their wills, both verbally or by any […]
Raising a child with autism makes tremendous demands on mothers and the family and no one knows this better than Solveig Ellefsen! What’s Wrong With My Child? And What’s Wrong With Us? Her 2.5-year-old son Nils, as yet undiagnosed but displaying many of the classic symptoms of the condition, changed her life completely. Solveig, a […]
Many individuals on the autism spectrum may require special support for practicing and gaining confidence in a variety of social skills such as greeting, understanding non-verbal cues as well maintaining a conversation. QTrobot curriculum for teaching social skills is an step by step curriculum designed to facilitate teaching a broad range of social skills to […]
How QTrobot can positively impact the learning opportunity of children with autism spectrum disorder
Using a robot for teaching new emotional and social skills to children with autism is nothing new. The earliest studies on evaluation of the impact of a robot enhanced intervention for children with autism go back to about 2 decades ago when scientists were searching for new tools to help them to engage children with […]