Investigating a Robot as a Therapy Partner for Children with Autism
Werry, I.; Dautenhahn, K.; Harwin, W.
Citation: Werry , I , Dautenhahn , K & Harwin , W 2001 , ' Investigating a Robot as a Therapy Partner for Children with Autism ' Procs AAATE 2001, vol 6 .
The aurora project is investigating the possibility of using a robotic platform as a therapy aid for--children with autism. Because of the nature of this disability, the robot could be beneficial in its ability--to present the children with a safe and comfortable environment and allow them to explore and learn--about the interaction space involved in social situations. The robotic platform is able to present--information along a limited number of channels and in a manner which the children are familiar with--from television and cartoons. Also, the robot is potentially able to adapt its behaviour and to allow the--children to develop at their own rates. Initial trial results are presented and discussed, along with the--rationale behind the project and its goals and motivations. The trial procedure and methodology are--explained and future work is highlighted.