Mobile Robotic Toys and Autism

Observations of Interaction
  • François Michaud
  • Catherine Théberge-Turmel
Part of the Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations book series (MASA, volume 3)


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.


Mobile Robot Social Skill Autistic Child Intelligent Agent Pyroelectric Sensor 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Michaud
    • 1
  • Catherine Théberge-Turmel
    • 1
  1. 1.Université de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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