Designing robot-assisted pivotal response training in game activity for children with autism

Mingyu Kim, I. Oosterling, T. Lourens, W. Staal, J.K. Buitelaar, J. Glennon, I. Smeekens, E.I. Barakova

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    Abstract

    Robot assisted therapy for patients with autism is promising, but there is a need for well designed studies that combine expert knowledge from the field of robotics and autism. Here, an iterative, participatory design process of robot assisted Pivotal Response Training (PRT) for autism therapy is presented. The scenarios for the robot assisted PRT intervention were created using a scenario based design approach through intensive collaboration between robot engineer and therapist. The developed scenarios were then represented in a hierarchical model using Activity Theory. Based on that model, the PRT intervention was implemented by the end-user programming software and evaluated with a child with autism. The scenario based design and the use of Activity Theory framework considerably speeded up the scenario creation process and the redesign time needed between the pilots compared to our previous experiments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1101-1106
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2014) - San Diego; California, San Diego, United States
    Duration: 5 Oct 20148 Oct 2014
    Conference number: 6974061
    http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6974061/?arnumber=6974061

    Conference

    Conference2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2014)
    Abbreviated titleSMC 2014
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Diego
    Period5/10/148/10/14
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    Keywords

    • Robots Autism therapies; Children with autisms; End user programming; Expert knowledge; Hierarchical model; Participatory design; Robot-assisted therapies; Scenario-based design

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