Robot-based therapeutic protocol for training children with Autism

S. Mohammad Mavadati, Haunghao Feng, Michelle Salvador, Sophia Silver, Anibal Gutierrez, Mohammad H. Mahoor

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Abstract

Robots are commonly used artificial agents with powerful capabilities in navigation, perception and execution in the physical world. One interesting question is how well robots can assist and engage individuals with social and behavioral deficits (such as autism) to acquire new skills? Preliminary studies in autism research demonstrate that in many cases individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) interact more actively and engagingly with robots than humans. As there are limited investigations for utilizing robots in social and behavioral treatments of individuals with ASD, we designed and evaluated a robot-based intervention protocol using a social robot (NAO) to deliver behavioral training mechanism for children with ASD. Results of our pilot study on seven verbal children with high functioning autism show behavioral response improvement, including pointing and facial expression recognition in the majority of the participants as a consequence of the behavioral intervention delivered directly through the robot. Results also show that individuals were able to engage in these learned skills during human-human follow-up sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages855-860
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509039296
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016
Event25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2016Aug 31 2016

Other

Other25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period8/26/168/31/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Mavadati, S. M., Feng, H., Salvador, M., Silver, S., Gutierrez, A., & Mahoor, M. H. (2016). Robot-based therapeutic protocol for training children with Autism. In 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016 (pp. 855-860). [7745219] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2016.7745219