Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 113–126

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Make a Fruit Salad with Probo, the Social Robot: An Interaction Study

  • Ramona E. Simut
  • Johan Vanderfaeillie
  • Andreea Peca
  • Greet Van de Perre
  • Bram Vanderborght
Original Paper

Abstract

Social robots are thought to be motivating tools in play tasks with children with autism spectrum disorders. Thirty children with autism were included using a repeated measurements design. It was investigated if the children’s interaction with a human differed from the interaction with a social robot during a play task. Also, it was examined if the two conditions differed in their ability to elicit interaction with a human accompanying the child during the task. Interaction of the children with both partners did not differ apart from the eye-contact. Participants had more eye-contact with the social robot compared to the eye-contact with the human. The conditions did not differ regarding the interaction elicited with the human accompanying the child.

Keywords

Children with ASD Social skills Social robots Interaction Robot assisted therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramona E. Simut
    • 1
  • Johan Vanderfaeillie
    • 1
  • Andreea Peca
    • 2
  • Greet Van de Perre
    • 3
  • Bram Vanderborght
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Lifespan PsychologyVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyBabes-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania
  3. 3.Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research GroupVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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