Assist for Autism and Special Needs

Assist for Autism and Special Needs provides a teaching solution designed to engage and enthral your students, while bringing the benefits of ease of use and flexibility for the teaching staff.

Building on our involvement with the Aldebaran/SoftBank Robotics Europe Assist Kids with Nao program, we are pleased to offer the next generation of teaching tool for Nao. Assist for Autism utilises the Softbank Robotics Europe Nao robot as a teaching companion for individual and group activities, and offers a tablet based, intuitive interface for teachers and caring staff.

Assist for Autism provides the following benefits:

  • Based on original, proven ASK Nao solution that has been used all over the world to assist children with autism and special educational needs.
  • Supports iPads, Android Tablets, laptop/desktop and large screen devices (requires browser with JavaScript support).
  • Provides a new tablet interface for students, as an input method for their communications with Nao.
  • Provides a new, intuitive interface to allow teachers to configure and launch activities without the need for an internet connection.
  • Support for verbal answers through speech recognition (when supported by the activity).
  • Can be used to launch any application installed on the robot, not just the Assist activities.
  • Provides an interface to enable Nao to say anything you need him to. Just enter what you want him to say and click the speak button. Additionally, store as many phrases as you wish and trigger them as you need them.
  • Works without an internet connection, using your school’s local WiFi network, or you can configure Nao to act as your WiFi network (Tethering).

Assist for Autism can be supplied as a complete solution including a Nao robot, or, if you already have a Nao, just buy the application and access all of your Nao’s behaviours, along with the Assist activities.

 

Example Assist for Autism Activites

 

Animal Card Game

Nao will ask the students to find a randomly selected card from a set of 26 animal cards. Using Assist for Autism, students may select their answer from a tablet. The teaching interface allows the selection of which cards to include in the game.

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How Do I feel

Nao will tell a short story. During the story he will pause and ask the student how they think the main character is feeling. The student can select a feeling from one of the three displayed on the tablet. If the tablet is not being used, verbal answers can be used via Nao's speech recognition facilities.

 

Song Launcher

A simple song launcher, that provies a tablet interface to allow the student to choose which song they would like Nao to perform. Songs include, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Wheels on the Bus and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

 
Other activities include, Guess Sports with tablet support, Little Red Riding Hood Story and Pinocchio Story.