OPSB Adopts ‘Milo’ the Robot Designed to Aid Students with Autism

April 4, 2019

The robot will tour through Orleans Parish public schools following a districtwide teacher training

Click here for high-res photos and video of Milo working with Orleans Parish Public School teachers at the training session

NEW ORLEANS – During Autism Awareness month, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) will introduce the newly-adopted ‘Milo’ robot technology into classrooms to help support students with autism across New Orleans public schools.

OPSB was able to purchase Milo, the robot through grants funds. 

The robot, named Milo, is designed to equip students with autism across the country with strategies to improve their social and emotional skills. On Thursday, March 28, a group of specialized staff working with students with autism were trained in the use of the new technology at OPSB’s Central Office in Algiers.

The robot will visit the following schools this month during the tour:

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature & Technology – Wednesday, April 3 & Thursday, April 4
  • Foundation Preparatory Charter School – Friday, April 5
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School – Wednesday, April 10
  • Cypress Academy – Monday, April 15

Autism is characterized by a wide range of challenges related to social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that one in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It affects all children, despite ethnic and socioeconomic background, and is best treated with early intervention strategies to help children with healthy development. Milo, under the direction of a licensed therapist, provides the predictability and consistency needed for these students to develop greater emotional regulation skills, emotional understanding, vocabulary and responses to environmental changes.

To learn more about the robot and how it helps students with autism learn, click here.  

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The OPSB currently oversees 79 public schools, including 75 charter schools, two direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.

For more information, visit www.opsb.us. For updates, follow OPSB on Facebook, Instagram @orleansparishschoolboard and Twitter @_OPSB.

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