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From child-robot interaction to child-robot-therapist interaction: A case study in autism

Abstract : Troubles in social communication as well as deficits in the cognitive treatment of emotions are supposed to be a fundamental part of autism. We present a case study based on multimodal interaction between a mobile robot and a child with autism in spontaneous, free game play. This case study tells us that the robot mediates the interaction between the autistic child and therapist once the robot-child interaction has been established. In addition, the child uses the robot as a mediator to express positive emotion playing with the therapist. It is thought that the three-pronged interaction i.e., child-robot-therapist could better facilitate the transfer of social and emotional abilities to real life settings. Robot therapy has a high potential to improve the condition of brain activity in autistic children. © 2012 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
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Irini Giannopulu, Gilbert Pradel. From child-robot interaction to child-robot-therapist interaction: A case study in autism. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Hindawi, 2012, 9 (2), pp.173--179. ⟨10.3233/JAD-2011-0042⟩. ⟨hal-00744275⟩

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