We investigated the feasibility of our novel evaluation system for use with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We prepared the experimental setting with two humanoid robots in reference to the birthday party scene in the Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS). We assessed the relationship between social communication ability measured in the ADOS condition (i.e., with a human clinician) and in a robotic condition for children with ASD. There were significant correlations between the social communication scores in the gold-standard ADOS condition and the robotic condition for children with ASD. The current work provides support for a unique application of a robotic system (i.e., two robot-mediated interaction) to evaluate the severity of autistic traits for children with ASD.
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We have no financial relationships to disclose. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the participants.
Funding was provided by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Grant No. 18H02746), ERATO ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project and the Center of Innovation Program from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST, Japan.
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Yuichiro Yoshikawa and Hiroshi Ishiguro serve as consultants of Vstone Co. Ltd. Hiroshi Ishiguro owns stock in the same company.
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Kumazaki, H., Muramatsu, T., Yoshikawa, Y. et al. Brief Report: A Novel System to Evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Two Humanoid Robots. J Autism Dev Disord 49, 1709–1716 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3848-7
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Typical development
- Social communication