How Robots Can Help Your Child With ASD Build Key Skills

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face unique challenges as they grow up, but they can thrive when they are equipped with the appropriate life skills. 

If your child has autism, you might feel overwhelmed and unsure how to prepare them for life. Robot-Assisted Instruction from the movi robot and Intervention helps children with autism and other special needs learn and grow by connecting with them in a way that's nonjudgmental and simpler than direct human interaction.

Executive Functioning

Executive functioning skills are essential for planning, managing, and organizing one’s day. People with strong executive functioning skills often don’t even think about their behaviors consciously. But make no mistake – these are skills nobody is born with. 

They take time to develop, and there are many strategies people use to maintain them and function effectively in society. Here are a few examples:

· Creating to-do lists (whether physical or mental)

· Planning for chores and errands

· Breaking down big tasks into smaller sub-tasks

· Prioritizing tasks

Practical Life Skills

Experts recommend teaching your child about these tasks by including them in your daily routine to encourage independence. Your child can learn at their own pace and develop comfort with these activities over time. 

As with many skills, early intervention and integration can be extremely helpful. Though, if your child has not yet had this experience, now is a better time to start than later!

This is an area where a robot can offer valuable support. Lessons with a robot can help your child memorize the steps of complicated tasks. To develop comfort, a child might engage in a conversation with the robot, along with the support of a facilitator, post-chore, or post-task completion to reflect and review how it went.