Cédric Fiederer , Father of 9-year-old Gabriel
He speaks about the exceptional support provided to children at the school, the commitment of the teachers, the difference that the robots make and the useful role that IT will play in helping children with multiple disabilities in future.
“Gabriel has been going to this school for five years now, and he’s blossoming. The school is amazing: staff are committed, the level of care is exceptional, and there are 200 staff members (speech therapists, carers, physiotherapists, teachers etc.) for 100 children. And it’s free, because the school is run by a charity under a contract with the government.
Nao takes children on a journey of development in a way that is fun and very useful for the future. Digital technology has opened up career prospects for Gabriel and made him more independent.
The interface is not child’s play, because it uses Google programming tools. But going from being a consumer to a creator is a wonderful thing for a child. The robot is their avatar and if something doesn’t work, they can fix it or start again. There’s no failure with Nao, and robots don’t judge. You can’t imagine how proud the children are when they present their parents with a dance show that they programmed themselves for the end-of-year show!”