Abstract

This study examined the use of a humanoid robot to engage two children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on responding language behaviors including language, affect, imitation, and eye contact. The robot was integrated into each child's regular intervention in low-doses (10 min of a 50 min session). The goal was to increase responding language behaviors in the children with their conversational partners. The two children participated in pre and post assessment sessions as well as 16 intervention sessions. The data from these sessions were coded into two main categories including how the children interacted (Initiating Engagement, Responding to Engagement, and Non-Engagement) and who the children interacted with (Robot Only and Both). Both children improved in response to the intervention indicating a relation between improved behavior and intervention with the robot.

Degree

MS

College and Department

David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders

Rights

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Date Submitted

2012-07-10

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd5499

Keywords

ASD, robotics, responding, language, joint attention

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