Advantages of indirect conversation via a desktop humanoid robot: Case study on daily life guidance for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

Jiro Shimaya, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, Yoshio Matsumoto, Hirokazu Kumazaki, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Masaru Mimura, Masutomo Miyao

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Abstract

We conducted a pilot experiment to examine the potential of a communication robot for supporting verbal interaction among adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their caregivers. Three teenagers with ASD indirectly conversed with their teacher via a desktop humanoid robot for around 40 min on average per day. In this situation, they showed some positive tendencies such as non-echolalic responses and talk about problems related to human relationships; they had not shown such tendencies before when they directly talked with their teacher in their daily life. During the trials, they also showed changes in their attitudes toward their teachers and friends; this implies that individuals with ASD could use their experience of communication with a robot for communication with a human. A quantitative analysis of the utterances in the trials suggested that reduced utterances from a caregiver might positively influence individuals with ASD toward sharing more information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages831-836
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509039296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 15
Event25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: 2016 Aug 262016 Aug 31

Publication series

Name25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016

Other

Other25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period16/8/2616/8/31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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