An empirical study on integrating a small humanoid robot to support the therapy of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability

CONTI, Daniela, TRUBIA, G., BUONO, S., DI NUOVO, S. and DI NUOVO, Alessandro (2022). An empirical study on integrating a small humanoid robot to support the therapy of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability. Interaction Studies, 22 (2), 177-211.

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    Abstract

    Recent research showed the potential benefits of robot-assisted therapy in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These children often have some form of Intellectual Disability (ID) too, but this has mainly been neglected by previous robotics research. This article presents an empirical evaluation of robot-assisted imitation training, where the child imitated the robot, integrated into the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH) program. The sample included six hospitalized children with different levels of ID, from mild to profound. We applied mixed methods to assess their progress, during treatment and three months later. Results show increased Gross Motor Imitation skills in the children, except for those with profound ID and the therapists' positive attitude towards the humanoid robot. Furthermore, the therapists suggest how a robot could be used to autonomously collect and analyze the information obtained in the rehabilitation training for a continuous evaluation of the participants.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder; intellectual disability; socially assistive robotics; TEACCH approach; robot-assisted therapy; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1075/is.21011.con
    Page Range: 177-211
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 14:29
    Last Modified: 04 May 2022 15:17
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30191

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