Closing The Gap Front Page Report on RoboKind





RoboKind is an education technology company using assistive technology to improve social-emotional outcomes for autistic students. Over 400 districts work with RoboKind’s CASE-endorsed program which includes facially-expressive robots and SEL curriculum based on a multidisciplinary developmental behavioral approach, leveraging speech language pathology, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) principles, and developed with the assistance of subject -matter experts, professionals, and educators.



Screen Shot 2022 04 27 At 10.36.58 AmFacially-Expressive, Assistive Robots

From the beginning, they designed their robots to support and meet the needs of special educators as they guide their autistic students toward social-emotional mastery.

Among the many movements they make, each robot replicates most human facial expressions and speaks 20% slower than most people. The embedded chest screen displays core vocabulary and icons, an important evidence-based practice.

Each of their robots also has a name, inspired by the values and commitments of the individuals they admire.



Evidence-based Curriculum That Builds Mastery

Developed in partnership with experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and based on a multidisciplinary developmental behavioral approach leveraging speech language pathology, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) principles, their social-emotional curriculum is a manualized practice that maintains a high level of fidelity. With our facial-expressive robots, the program deploys 16 evidence-based practices, a key reason why we are endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).

The curriculum is broken down into 5 module groups. Each module group focuses on a core set of social skills. As students progress through lessons and extension activities, they build upon previous learnings, reinforce target behaviors, and master social skills.

  • Screen Shot 2022 04 27 At 10.41.27 AmIntroductory Module Group – Objective: Meet Milo & Assessment
    In this module, students meet the robot and play games to determine prerequisite skills for curriculum.

  • Calm Down Module Group – Objective: Emotional Regulation
    Here, students’ explore basic calm down tools before practicing & applying to social situations. This is one of their most popular modules and can be activated at any time by an educator during moments of emotional dysregulation.

  • Conversations Module Group – Objective: Understanding Conversational Dynamics
    Over the course of several sub-modules, students learn common social skills needed when having conversations including greetings, conversational dynamics, and leave-taking.

  • Emotions Module Group – Objective: Understanding Emotions
    One of the most challenging things autistic student’s face is understanding how they are feeling and, more importantly, how to communicate those feelings. Here, students learn about feelings & emotions, before mastering the communication of those emotions. RoboKind proudly chooses Identify-First Language (here’s more).

  • Situational Module Group – Objective: Understanding Social Situations
    Mastering emotions and conversational dynamics are the basis for generalizing social skills to human-to-human interaction. Common social scenarios are played out while the student learns nuances of playdates & birthday parties and reinforces all of the skills they have learned in the program.





The Inspiration Behind RoboKind.

Each of their robots are inspired by the values and commitments of the individuals for whom they are named. As a company, they take their mission and values seriously, knowing that, at the end of the day, they are defined by the impact they make.

Milo robot


Meet, Milo.

Practice, Repetition, and Progression Builds Mastery.

Inspired by Milo of Croton and the herculean-like strength he built by lifting the same bull everyday from childhood to early adulthood.

In many ways, positive repetition and consistent practice determines their ability to achieve mastery of physical, mental, or social skills. Like Milo, they are not naturally gifted. They achieve mastery, with patience and practice.



Carver Robot


Introducing, Carver.

Become the impact you wish to make.

Inspired by George Washington Carver and his dedication to the pursuit of knowledge that would enable him to leave the world a far better place.

RoboKind’s growth directly correlates to improved outcomes for students, the effectiveness educators, and the adoption of assistive technology within K12. Every action they take is motivated by the impact they can make.



Veda Robot


Introducing, Veda.

Seek to understand the world and the experiences of those around us.

An homage to all of the autistic scientists and their work adjusting the approach to the study of autism in the scientific community.

They value the lived experiences of autistic individuals and those with developmental differences. When creating new content, technology, or services, they look to them for guidance.



Jemi Robot


Introducing, Jemi.

Everyone can achieve their greatest potential.

Inspired by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space, and all those people who continue to break down barriers (seen and unseen) that get in the way.

They value and actively promote diverse, equitable, and inclusive education. They build technology and curriculum not because it is innovative, but rather because it breaks down barriers and enables equity of access for students of all abilities.




The Technology Behind Their Assistive Robots


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