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Early Developmental Skills Acquisition and Socially Assistive Robotics (SARS): A Pilot Investigation


Assistive Technology Partners, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, is performing a study investigating the impact Socially Assistive Robotics has on motor, communication and cognitive skills of children with disabilities.  We need children to test our Socially Assistive Robotic Prototype, which is the equivalent to a child playing with a toy robot made to resemble a stuffed animal. 


The primary and only site for this study is Assistive Technology Partners (ATP), a center situated in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. ATP is located at 601 East 18th Avenue, Denver, CO, and is a specialized assistive technology facility with comprehensive clinical and research programs focused on the assistive technology needs of people with disabilities.


  1. Children between the chronological ages of 18 months and 5 years, regardless of race/ethnicity or gender.
  2. Children that have significant motor and communication disabilities/delays.
  3. Children with a raw score of 42 or less on the Expressive subtest of the Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language Test (REEL 3).
  4. Children with no unresolved medical issues.
  5. Vision within gross normal limits (functional) with or without correction.
  6. Hearing within gross normal limits (functional) with or without correction.
  7. Children who live in homes where English is the primary spoken language.
  8. Children without a seizure disorder or with a well-controlled seizure disorder.
  9. If taking medication, children who have been on a stable medication regime for the past 12 weeks.

For more information please read the research flyer​ or contact Jim Sandstrum at 303-315-1288 or email