Robot-Assisted Instruction For Social Skills Training

In recent decades, assistive technology has been proven to be highly effective for the holistic development of special needs learners. Interestingly, robot-assisted instruction (RAI) is not a new practice. 

A branch of current-day robot technology focuses on teaching social skills, such as recognizing facial expressions, speech development and communication, eye contact, response to touch and movement, and more. 

Assistive technology, such as a nao programmable humanoid robot from, has been tremendously useful in helping children develop learning readiness, as well as meet social and educational goals.

Social skills are a group of skills, rules, habits, behaviors, and gestures people use to communicate with one another. Individuals generally learn basic social skills through observation and socialization.

However, individuals with autism may learn these skills differently; they can find it difficult to perceive what others feel or what the social context indicates. Social skills training for children with autism can help teach them the “hidden rules” of society: the subtle nuances of speech and language that require inference.

Those who do show improvement in their social skills observe significant changes and find themselves less frustrated by others and more comfortable in social settings. In addition, they will likely make new friends and maintain relationships more easily.

Early intervention can greatly improve an autistic child’s learning and development throughout his/her life. Individuals with autism can learn to relate to other people on a deeper level, gain a greater understanding of how the world works, and gain the skills to form close relationships and friendships.