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Robot teaching assistants help autistic children in the UAE

Tech firm ATLAB says first robot is in use at the Umm Al Quwain Autism Centre

Robot teaching assistants help autistic children in the UAE

Robotic teaching assistants are being deployed into autism centres in the UAE to help children learn faster and better.

The first robot, provided by ATLAB, a technology-based learning solutions company, is in use at the Umm Al Quwain Autism Centre.

"Robotic teaching assistants are changing the way the kids are taught. It enables children to be more interactive when compared to a human teacher. It is even more true with an autistic child," said Nilesh Korgaonkar, general manager, ATLAB.

The deployment of the ATLAB Teach Asist at the Umm Al Quwain Autism Centre is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Community Development.

ATLAB Teach Assist was initially unveiled during Global Education Supplies and Solutions (GESS) Dubai 2017 while the first robot was deployed into a school in Sharjah last year.

"The first edition of the Teach Asist robots were deployed in some schools as a pilot project. The results were really encouraging. The schools as well as the students loved it a lot," said Korgaonkar.

The second edition of the software is now ready to be rolled out into schools and have been upgraded with advanced software upgrades, he added.

"The Teach Assist now allows teachers to customise their lesson plans. Additional sensors allow it to distinguish humans in a more intelligent manner, and the face recognition software has received a significant boost compared to the previous version," said Korgaonkar.

Additionally, the latest software upgrade also enables the ATLAB Teach Assist to educate school kids about coding.

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