Difficulties with social interaction characterise children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and have a negative impact in their everyday life. Integrating a social-humanoid robot within the standard clinical treatment has been proven promising. The main aim of this randomised controlled study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a robot-assisted psychosocial intervention and the secondary aim was to investigate potential differences between a robot-assisted intervention group and a control group receiving intervention by humans only. The analysis of the results showed that robot-assisted intervention could be beneficial by improving children’s psychosocial skills. This improvement was highlighted by neuropsychological testing and parent reporting. Group comparison only presented minimal statistically significant differences. The study underpins the potential of robot-assisted interventions to augment standard care.
V. Holeva, V. A. Nikopoulou, C. Lytridis, C. Bazinas, P. Kechayas, G. Sidiropoulos, M. Papadopoulou, M. D. Kerasidou, C. Karatsioras, N. Geronikola, G. A. Papakostas, V. G. Kaburlasos, A. Evangeliou, “Effectiveness of a robot-assisted psychological intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder”, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Published online: 04 November 2022, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05796-5