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December 6, 2021

Bristol-based robotics manufacturer announces new FDA-approved products

Photo | Contributed CEO Jean-Pierre Bolat (standing) with his team at Movia Robotics in Bristol.

MOVIA Robotics, a Bristol-based robotics manufacturer, announced a new wave of social and emotional learning products this week that aim to help children and adults develop their cognitive skills and learning, company officials said.

The company this week announced the launch of its TheraPal Progress Tracker, TheraPal Home, and TheraPal Clinical Assist Aides to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. Company officials said the products were registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Oct.9.

“We are focused on showing how robotics can improve the lives of individuals with autism and other special needs, and the launch of our TheraPal is the first step in our commitment to FDA digital health certification," MOVIA Robotics CEO Jean-Pierre Bolat said Monday in a statement.

Per information from the company, MOVIA is a collaborative robotics company that builds systems and software to engage both neuro-diverse and neuro-typical children and adults to aid in their learning and collaboration skills. MOVIA's system offers modules for cognitive training, communication training and practice and educational learning. The system also provides data for healthcare professionals to help in decision-making.

Specifically, the TheraPal product line assists neuro-diverse children with their individualized treatment plan goals while providing metrics for assessment.

One tool, MOVIA's Robot-Assisted Intervention,  allows children and older individuals to practice a large variety of life skills and confidence-building activities to support their social and emotional development. Per MOVIA, the RAI assists the individual in understanding and practicing basic social skills such as making eye contact, building confidence, engaging in conversation, as well as with intellectual skills like reading comprehension, basic math and auditory processing learning.

The RAI also enables cognitive learning by playing games and activities focused on categories such as personal hygiene, physical activities and nutrition.

The TheraPal Progress Tracker is a medical device data system used by homecare individuals and clinicians to collect data during sessions with the robots.

The collected data will be used for visualization and information purposes and include metrics on assessment objectives including verbalization, interpersonal coordination, reaction time, and gross or fine motor skills.

Company officials said the goal is to bring their TheraPal Home and TheraPal Clinical Assist Aides into homes and clinicians' offices to be used by parents, therapists and other health professionals.

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