Socially Intelligent Agents

Volume 3 of the series Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations pp 125-132

Mobile Robotic Toys and Autism

Observations of Interaction
  • François MichaudAffiliated withUniversité de Sherbrooke
  • , Catherine Théberge-TurmelAffiliated withUniversité de Sherbrooke

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To help children with autism develop social skills, we are investigating the use of mobile robotic toys that can move autonomously in the environment and interact in various manners (vocal messages, music, visual cues, movement, etc.),in a more predictable and less intimidating way. These interactions are designed to build up their self-esteem by reinforcing what they do well. We report tests done with autistic children using different robots, each robot having particular characteristics that allow to create interesting interactions with each child.