Children with autism are characterized by impairments in communication, social interaction and information processing. This work presents a module to encourage children with autism to improve their social and communication skills, through a specially designed game-based approach. The humanoid robot NAO is utilized to autonomously engage with a child. The proposed module suggests a multiple role for the robot which can act as a teacher, as a toy and as a peer, through a successive set of joint activities. Overall observation encourages the utilization of NAO in the rehabilitation of children with autism.
Lytridis, E. Vrochidou, S. Chatzistamatis, V. Kaburlasos, “Social engagement interaction games between children with autism and humanoid robot NAO”, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on EUropean Transnational Educational (ICEUTE’18), San Sebastian, Spain, 6-8 June 2018. In: Graña M. et al. (eds) International Joint Conference SOCO’18-CISIS’18-ICEUTE’18. SOCO’18-CISIS’18-ICEUTE’18 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (AISC), vol 771, pp. 562-570, 2019. Springer, Cham.