RABI® (Robot for Autism Behavioral Intervention)
We use social robots to teach social and communication skills to children with autism. We aim to teach them social skills such as joint attention, mental interpretation, eye contact and appropriate behaviors in various situations. We also program social robots to strengthen the language communication skills and self-care skills of children with autism.
Why social robots? What good do robots do?
[Social Motivation Theory of Autism, Chevallier , 2012; Intense World Theory, Markham & Markham, 2010 ]
Unlike human teachers, robots can tirelessly and repeatedly teach children with autism without being affected by emotions; thus, greatly reducing the anxiety of autistic children and greatly enhancing their learning motivation.
Service Target：People with autism aged 3 to 18
RABI is developed based on the theory of special needs of autistic patients. Through social robots, RABI courses reduce the severity of autistic people from 3 to 18 years old and increase the social and behavioral functions of autistic people. So far, more than 20 local and Macau non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and (mainstream/special) schools have adopted RABI and benefited from it. Their positive comments included "greatly improved students' verbal and non-verbal communication" and "application of acquired skills to students' daily lives." The government has also identified the RABI course as an innovative and successful autism support method. Since 2015, RABI has provided 950 people with autism aged 3 to 18 in Hong Kong and Macau with a large number of social and behavioral skills training, including self-care, social dialogue and vocational skills.
The instructor will formulate a suitable course theme according to the students' abilities and needs. The themes include emotional cognition and interpretation, dialogue and communication, social behavior, narrative skills, sex education, how to deal with bullying, etc.
RABI® Social Robots
I have autism. I am called Little Star because Hongkongers with autism are commonly known as "planeters". Hence, I represent young planeters.
I am a good friend of Little Star and I don't have autism. However, I can't bear seeing Little Star getting lost and confused in social situations. Therefore, I've decided to teach Little Star how to get along with other people.
I also have autism. Since Little Star and I both have blue shells, I was named "Little Blue" to distinguish me from Little Star. Shh... I am really terrified of cockroaches.
I am Little Blue's peer, and sometimes I get into conflicts with him so I have to patiently explain to Little Blue how to deal with difficulties. Little Blue, one, two, take a deep breath~