Over the last decade there has been an increasing interest in the applications and possible efficacy of interactive social robots in the educational interventions of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Despite emerging evidence on their possible beneficial impact, the vast majority of studies so far have focused on: i. simple tasks and not play-based activities, ii. the role of the robot as a facilitator of the intervention or as a mediating agent during the intervention. Testing the performance of interactive social robots across different possible roles and a range of play-based activities, is expected to enhance current applications of social robotics in the field of ASD.
C. Dardani, V.G. Kaburlasos, A. Amanatiadis, “Enhancing the applications of interactive social robots in educational interventions for autism spectrum disorders: a research initiative in Greece”, Proceedings of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2020 Annual Meeting, May 6-9 (scheduled), Seattle, Washington, USA, poster 448.012 uploaded June 3, 2020.