This study examined the effects of low dose exposure to a humanoid robot on the social engagement skills of four children with autism during select activities with a familiar adult. Participants included two males and two females who ranged in age from four to nine at the commencement of the study. The current study was part of a larger investigation focused on the effect of exposure to a robot on social engagement with a variety of social partners and situations. Children participated in variable multiple baseline sessions followed by a varied number of sessions of traditional treatment. After traditional treatment, the children participated in 40 minutes of traditional intervention paired with 10 minutes of exposure to a robot designed to elicit social communication skills. The final sessions consisted of follow up assessments. Pre- and posttreatment data were compared and analyzed. Results showed variable performance for each of the participants. Findings and areas of future research are discussed.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Roueche, Cambrie Nicole, "The Effect of Using Low Dose Exposure to a Humanoid Robot to Elicit Social Engagement Behaviors in Children with Autism Interacting with a Familiar Adult" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 3621.
autism, robot, joint attention, social communication