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MigrAVE

Multilingual online learning portal and transcultural robotic learning assistant for autism spectrum disorders.

Presentation of the information platform

Welcome to the information platform of the MigrAVE project!

Parents who use the Internet as a source of information about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are often confronted with a flood of different and also contradictory statements, which can lead to uncertainty and make it difficult to make a decision regarding diagnosis or selection of a suitable therapy.  

With this platform, we would like to provide the easiest possible access to well-founded information according to current scientific findings on the topic of ASD and helpful materials for therapy. In particular, we would like to support relatives, but also therapists, in understanding ASD and in taking the necessary steps to promote the child’s development in the best possible way.  

The information platform is divided into an open, freely accessible section and a log-in section. In the open section, we offer comprehensive information on the topics of causes, symptomatology, diagnostics and therapy. In addition, in the section “social legal aspects” we provide practical advice on various support options. Under “more information” we have compiled a selection of contact points, given an overview of further literature, and informative websites and presented further research projects on the topic of ASD.  

In the log-in area of this page, we go into more detail about autism-specific behavior therapy and its application and provide corresponding learning materials. However, in the current phase of our project, this page is only accessible to our project partners and the families therapeutically connected there.

MigrAVE Project

This platform was created as part of the MigrAVE project (Multilingual Online Learning Portal and Transcultural Robotic Learning Assistant for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Building socio-emotional and life skills of children in migration context). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the funding program “Forschung an Fachhochschulen”.

Grant number: 13FH090SA8, 13FH090SB8, 13FH090SC8

The goal of MigrAVE

The goal of our research project MigrAVE is to support children with an autism spectrum disorder in their learning and therapy process through modern technologies. On the one hand, this is to be achieved by developing this online information platform, which provides parents and therapeutic professionals in particular with information, exercises, and handouts. In addition, we are developing a social robot that is able to independently initiate, maintain and reinforce learning situations. Through a state detection system, the robot is able to independently assess the child’s level of attention and respond to the situation accordingly in a child-friendly manner. 

Since we want to make the information and technologies accessible regardless of the linguistic-cultural background, both the platform and the robot will be developed multilingually.  

Who is behind MigrAVE? 

The interdisciplinary project MigrAVE is an association of the University of Applied Sciences Münster, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, and the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.  By combining the three universities of applied sciences, we bring together expertise from the fields of autism-specific behavior therapy (AVT), robotics, and computer-based emotion and state recognition and implement the concepts technically. Due to the cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Münster, the project is furthermore connected to the MIA project (Münster Intensive Therapy for Children with ASD).  

Project period:  

01.10.2020 – 30.09.2023 

Presentation MIA Program

The Münster Intensive Program for Children with ASD (MIA) is a behavioral early intervention program for preschool and elementary school-age children. The program was launched in 2010 at the University of Applied Sciences Münster. Since fall 2015, it has been a joint project of the Münster Autism Competence Center MAKZ under the sponsorship of the non-profit Association for the Promotion of Scientific Interventions in ASD e.V. (WIA) and the Department of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences Münster.  

The MIA program is based on the approach of autism-specific behavior therapy (AVT). This is a highly individualized, time- and personnel-intensive learning-psychology-based approach that aims at the targeted improvement of individual areas of disturbance as well as progress in developmental status and independence. Within the framework of the program, parents and, if possible, also the respective specialists from the school or daycare center are intensively trained. Following the approximately three-month training and education phase, the children are individually supported for six months at home and in their familiar environment.  

During the program, the families are intensively accompanied by student therapists as well as qualified video and on-site supervision. Further information about the MIA program can be found at https://www.wia-muenster.de/ and https://www.fh-muenster.de/sw/forschung/projektseiten/autismusprojekte/Modellprojekt_MIA.php   

Further cooperation partners from science and practice:

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Acknowledgements 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who have contributed to the development of this platform through their support: 

  • The staff of the MIA program at the University of Applied Science Münster s, for their professional support and for providing seminar texts and therapy progress and control sheets for download in the log-in area. 
  • The people responsible for the “Simple Steps” program, for providing brochure texts and learning materials. 

Simple Steps is a multilingual and multimedia AVT training program for parents and therapists. The program was originally developed by PEAT (Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists) with the support of the BBC and the Big Lottery Fund. Through the support of the EU’s Leonardi da Vinci funding program, the program was also offered in Norway, Spain, throughout the United Kingdom, and Germany. The project was supported by the University of Oviedo, Spain; Akershus University of Applied Sciences, Norway; Queen’s and Ulster Universities in Northern Ireland; ANTAM, London; the European Association for Behaviour Analysis; and in Germany, the Department of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences Münster.  

  • To the families for providing therapy videos of their children for the log-in area.
  • Our cooperation partners from science and practice