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Promoting interaction amongst autistic adolescents using robots

By Sandra Costa, Cristina Santos, Filomena Soares, Manuel João Oliveira Ferreira and Fátima Moreira

Abstract

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

Topics: Science & Technology
Publisher: 'Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)'
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5627905
OAI identifier: oai:repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt:1822/17581
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