Online and Home-based Robot for Autism Behavioral Intervention (RABI)

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Online and home-based robot-aided intervention programme catering to the needs of children with mild, medium and severe Autism Spectrum Disorder


Robot for Autism Behavioral Intervention (RABI) is an evidence-based and robot-aided intervention programme for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Riding on the success in offering RABI services to NGOs and schools in the past five years and with funding from the SIE Fund, the venture launches a new RABI programme with online and home-based service plans for ASD children aged three to six. The programme will help them continue their learning and acquire social and behavioral skills despite the suspension of school classes during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The lessons will be conducted weekly and led by a tutor who operates the robots. There will be two service plans under the programme:

  • Online RABI: lessons will be delivered online to families with access to computer hardware and high-speed internet connection. One-on-one sessions and small group sessions will be provided for children with moderate autism and mild autism respectively.
  • Home-based RABI: lessons will be delivered at children’s home for children having severe autism or families without access to computer hardware and high-speed internet connection.

Name of Organisation

Science and Technology for Autism Remediation (STAR) Limited

Approved Funding Amount


Funding Period (Status)

1.5 years (Active)

Expected Impact

To provide online RABI and home-based RABI for 100 and 30 autistic children respectively, of which 50 autistic children are from low-income families


As at November 2020:

  • Completed a set of procedures of implementing RABI and the user guide specific for online and home-based services
  • Revised the existing RABI curriculum to accommodate the delivery of online and home-based lessons
  • Recruited 68 children with autism aged three to 14 via online means
  • Recruited another 36 students through partnership with five schools, with agreement signed for providing on-site/ online training
  • Commenced online training for 31 children with autism, including 18 from low-income families
  • Signed subscription agreements with seven schools and provided training to their teachers and therapists who would provide on-site services to their students when school resumes


(To be updated when available)