I opened my Autism Spectrum Quarterly journal to see an article in the research news
Yes, this is a topic similar to the research that we started conducting at the Barber National Institute in April 2012 with Dr. Josh Diehl and the University of Notre Dame. The collaboration is a project to evaluate the effectiveness of using a robot in clinical therapy for treatment of children with autism. The study focuses on the development of communication and social skills. desk titled “Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children with Autism.”
The journal article discusses the research at Vanderbilt University, which is also using the Nao robot. To date, they have worked with six typical children and six children with autism. They have found that in both groups, the children spent more time looking at the robot than looking at the therapist.
We have had similar results so far — children with autism seem to have a natural interest in technology and are very motivated by the robot to learn new skills. The goal is to have the children generalize the communication and social responses and apply them to real-life social situations.
Josh Diehl, PhD, will be presenting our initial findings in a presentation in September inErie. Stay tuned for further information!
Learn more about the Robot Research Project by visiting our website at http://www.barberinstitute.org/autism-insight/robot-therapy-research-project.
You can also check out a video on YouTube about our Robot Research Project.