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Daisy SAR for children with Autism

Social Robotics for children with Autism


Learning with educational robotics provides opportunities to question and think deeply about technology. When designing, constructing, programming, and documenting the development of autonomous robots or robotics projects, students not only learn how technology works but also apply the skills and content knowledge learned in school in a meaningful and exciting way. Educational robotics is rich with opportunities to integrate many disciplines, including literacy, social studies, dance, music, and art while giving students the opportunity to find ways to work together to foster collaboration skills, express themselves using the technological tool, problem-solve, and think critically and innovative. Educational robotics is a learning tool that enhances students’ learning experience through hands-on mind-on learning. Most importantly, educational robotics provides a fun and exciting learning environment because of its hands-on nature and the integration of technology.


The LIRES lab developed a smart robot that addresses the needs of children with autism and can facilitate teaching in the classroom. It’s called Daisy, and it helps students with autism learn to express themselves more easily. For them, interacting with others can be a real struggle. But that’s not a problem for Daisy. In fact, that’s where this new robot really shines! What’s so unique and special about it is that it’s capable of complete social interaction. Armed with the ability to show emotions, it can communicate with its own voice, further strengthening its ability to connect with children. Daisy is more than a robot – it’s a real teacher. Daisy is teaching students about social norms, something that most of them struggle with. Through applied behaviour, Daisy provides immediate feedback, so that the students are encouraged to participate in the learning process. Many children diagnosed with autism have difficulty maintaining eye contact, and everyday social interaction is not something they find comfortable or easy. It’s a burden that affects not only their social life but also their overall well-being. Thanks to Daisy, they can learn how to overcome such issues. Autistic children frequently have difficulties in understanding and using social and emotional cues, and researchers agree that targeting these developmental “building blocks” can have broad, long-term benefits. Daisy engages students with autism in conversation with their teachers and peers and makes learning fun, motivating, and more collaborative as social interaction will no longer be as challenging.