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Title: Social Robots as Co-Therapists in Autism Therapy Sessions: A Single-Case Study
Authors: Ioannou, Andri 
Kartapanis, Iosif
Zaphiris, Panayiotis 
Keywords: NAO;Humanoid robot;Autism;ASD;Therapy;Interaction;Social robots;Social behavior
Category: Sociology
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Source: Social Robotics : 7th International Conference, ICSR 2015, Paris, France, October 26-30, 2015, Proceedings, pages 255-263
Abstract: This study aimed to explore the potential value of a humanoid robot, NAO, in assisting the therapist during therapy sessions with children in the autism spectrum (ASD). We report findings from a single case, a 10-year old boy, Joe (pseudonym), diagnosed with high functioning ASD. The intervention was conducted in four consecutive therapy sessions with Joe during which Joe played the “Animals Game” with NAO and the therapist. In this game, NAO asked Joe to find a specific animal from a deck of cards. Numerical data demonstrated Joe’s progress across sessions in terms of discriminating the animals from images and learning the animals in English. Additionally, based on qualitative observations, we have evidence of Joe becoming more independent from session to session, initiating interaction with NAO, directing his gaze and expressing affective feelings.
ISBN: Print ISBN 978-3-319-25553-8
Online ISBN 978-3-319-25554-5
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_26
Rights: Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Type: Book Chapter
Appears in Collections:Κεφάλαια βιβλίων/Book chapters

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