ERIC Number: EJ1078583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
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Reference Count: 35
Can Robotic Interaction Improve Joint Attention Skills?
Warren, Zachary E.; Zheng, Zhi; Swanson, Amy R.; Bekele, Esubalew; Zhang, Lian; Crittendon, Julie A.; Weitlauf, Amy F.; Sarkar, Nilanjan
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n11 p3726-3734 Nov 2015
Although it has often been argued that clinical applications of advanced technology may hold promise for addressing impairments associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), relatively few investigations have indexed the impact of intervention and feedback approaches. This pilot study investigated the application of a novel robotic interaction system capable of administering and adjusting joint attention prompts to a small group (n = 6) of children with ASD. Across a series of four sessions, children improved in their ability to orient to prompts administered by the robotic system and continued to display strong attention toward the humanoid robot over time. The results highlight both potential benefits of robotic systems for directed intervention approaches as well as potent limitations of existing humanoid robotic platforms.
Descriptors: Robotics, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Technology Uses in Education, Interaction, Attention, Prompting, Children
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