Robotics with Neurodiverse
Promoting Inclusivity and Dissolving Inequalities (SDG#10) in access to Quality Education (SDG#4)
Robotics with Neurodiverse initiative - a first-of-its-kind South Africa, is dedicated to igniting the interest of school learners in Autism Spectrum Disorder in STEM careers.
Through collaborating with our partners, we strive to create a more equitable society by ensuring that all children and youth are given the opportunity to explore careers in STEM from a young age.
We recognize that neurodiversity is a valuable asset and believe in the power of children to make a positive change in their communities.
We believe that neurodiversity should be celebrated, and we strive to create an inclusive and inspiring environment for our students to learn and grow.
Our workshops deliver a nurturing environment for our learners on the spectrum to improve their;
interpersonal skills, self-determination, and self-confidence, all while having fun and making new friends.
Our end goal is to see all our learners realize their potential and find their match in Technology, Engineering, and Science careers.
What is it?
There is no one "right" way of thinking, learning, or acting, and variations are not seen as deficiencies. Neurodiversity is the concept that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways.
Although the term "neurodiversity" refers to the diversity of all people, it is frequently used in reference to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurological or developmental disorders like ADHD or learning impairments.
Autism is a complicated neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by repetitive behavioral patterns and difficulties interacting and communicating with others in social situations. The signs may have been present since birth.
Due to the different symptoms and levels of severity among autistic people, autism is now more commonly referred to as ASD.
Autism can be identified by observable difficulties with behavior, social relationships, communication, and sensory integration. Although not always displayed by all people on the spectrum, these symptoms are frequently observed in them.
WHO DIAGNOSE AUTISM?
The pediatrician can initially alert the parents to the delays as they are well aware of the differences between a child with autism and a youngster whose development is normal. The diagnosis of autism is then left to medical specialists such a developmental pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, child psychologist, or child psychiatrist.
The answer to this is not simple since there exists no single medical test that will definitely give the diagnosis for autism. However, the clinicians can screen the child for combinations of behaviors and compare them to those identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
A comprehensive diagnostic team may include a developmental pediatrician, clinical psychologist, speech therapist, special educator and an occupational therapist.