The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 2 Robots and VR/AR for Autism 

I strongly believe that in the future, we will see STEM, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality being used to help people with autism. A speech and language pathologist teaching social skills based on a script is not as compelling as virtual reality interacting with an autistic child. The fascination with technology and the predictable, repetitive nature can be a real advantage for a child with the disorder. When we are not good with an activity having an outlet to practice is needed. These technologies fill some of the void. When you lack speech skills, social skills, and an understanding of where to start having a dynamic outlet to practice is needed. There are already a number of examples out there. The technology to do much of this exists. We have to wait for people to figure out how to apply these technologies to develop new teaching and coping strategies. 


This robot teaches children with autism social skills. If you watch some of the interactions in some of the online videos, it is heartwarming to observe. 

This is a robot designed to work with children with autism. The robot has different expressions and teaches social skills. 

Augmented Reality

Empowered Brain by Brain Power
This is an augmented reality tool for autism. If you watch videos on this product, you will be amazed. 

This product uses augmented reality to teach people with autism social skills. It is amazing. 

Virtual Reality

This amazing virtual reality tool teaches social and communication skills. 

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