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.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lowe, Katherine, "Effect of a Humanoid Robot During Therapy on Responding to Joint Attention with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2012). All Theses and Dissertations. 3341.
ASD, robotics, responding, language, joint attention