Promoting interaction amongst autistic adolescents using robots

By Costa, S.; Santos, C.; Soares, F.; Ferreira, M.; Moreira, F.

2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10



Most autistic people present some difficulties in developing social behavior, living in their own world. The intent of this study is to improve the social life of adolescents with both autism and mental impairment, with a main focus on promoting their social interaction and communication. An experiment designed to call for the adolescents’ attention and enforce their collaboration is described; in it a LEGO MindStorm robot behaves as a mediator/promotor of this interaction. Further, sensory motor coordination and accuracy skills of the adolescents are also slightly explored. Four scenarios were envisaged. Results are described showing the outcomes of the experiment.


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