Robotic Task Complexity and Collaborative Behavior of Children with ASD

Prummer, Franziska and Hellendoorn, Annika and van den Berghe, Rianne and Petersen, Hans and Ploeger, Erik (2022) Robotic Task Complexity and Collaborative Behavior of Children with ASD. In: ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction :. IEEE Press, pp. 997-1001. ISBN 9781665407311

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Social interactions are essential in the everyday lives of humans. People with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) display shortages of social skills, thus making their day-to-day encounters more difficult. This paper reports on two small-scale studies, investigating whether the use of collaborative robot tasks in an educational setting stimulates the collaborative behavior of children with ASD, and whether robotic task complexity affects collaborative behavior. A total of 24 children participated in robotic tasks of varying complexities. The sessions were videotaped and analyzed. Children's supervisors completed questionnaires, evaluating the social behavior of participants. Results demonstrate that children collaborated during the robot activities. The influence of robotic task complexity on collaboration skills was not significant, possibly due to the small number of participants. The results show the promise of using robots in education for children with ASD, although further research is needed to investigate the implementation of robots in special education.

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