Brief Report: A Novel System to Evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Two Humanoid Robots

Hirokazu Kumazaki, Taro Muramatsu, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, Yuko Yoshimura, Takashi Ikeda, Chiaki Hasegawa, Daisuke N. Saito, Jiro Shimaya, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Masaru Mimura, Mitsuru Kikuchi

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Abstract

We investigated the feasibility of our novel evaluation system for use with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We prepared the experimental setting with two humanoid robots in reference to the birthday party scene in the Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS). We assessed the relationship between social communication ability measured in the ADOS condition (i.e., with a human clinician) and in a robotic condition for children with ASD. There were significant correlations between the social communication scores in the gold-standard ADOS condition and the robotic condition for children with ASD. The current work provides support for a unique application of a robotic system (i.e., two robot-mediated interaction) to evaluate the severity of autistic traits for children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1709-1716
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1

Keywords

  • ADOS
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Robot
  • Severity
  • Social communication
  • Typical development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Kumazaki, H., Muramatsu, T., Yoshikawa, Y., Yoshimura, Y., Ikeda, T., Hasegawa, C., Saito, D. N., Shimaya, J., Ishiguro, H., Mimura, M., & Kikuchi, M. (2019). Brief Report: A Novel System to Evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Two Humanoid Robots. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(4), 1709-1716. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3848-7