An approach to promote social and communication behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders: Robot based intervention

  • Costa S
  • Soares F
  • Santos C
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Abstract

Most autistic people present some difficulties in developing social behavior, living in their own world. This study has the goal to improve the social life of children with autism with a main focus in promoting their social interaction and communication. It is necessary to call for children's attention and enforce their collaboration, where a robot, LEGO MindStorm, behaves as a mediator/promoter of this interaction. A set of experiments designed to share objects and fulfill simple orders, by the 11 years old autistic child at the time of daily routine work and in-game with the robot, are described. The generalization of the acquired skills by the child in new contexts and environments are also tested. Results are described showing the outcomes of the experiments.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Autism
  • Games
  • Humans
  • LEGO MindStorm mobile robot
  • Robot sensing systems
  • Variable speed drives
  • Videos
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • autistic people
  • child communication behavior
  • child social behavior
  • diseases
  • medical robotics
  • mobile robots
  • robot based intervention

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Authors

  • S Costa

  • F Soares

  • C Santos

  • M J Ferreira

  • F Moreira

  • A P Pereira

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