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Musical robotic interactions for children with autism spectrum disorders

Musical robotic interactions for children with autism spectrum disorders SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 114 January 2016 MUSICAL ROBOTIC INTERACTIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Jaclyn Barnes Michigan Technological University jaclynb@mtu.edu Abstract I propose that a system combining robots and music in an interactive game may provide effective therapy encouraging social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. To provide objective measures of the participants' progress, I am also developing a monitoring system using the video cameras and motion detectors to determine the participants' emotional state and engagement level. Introduction As Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) become more commonly diagnosed and more well-known, there comes the increasing awareness that a wide variety of treatments is required to meet the needs of this diverse population. One of the central deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorders is difficulty with social skills and interactions. I propose that this particular deficit may be well addressed for some individuals by therapeutic interaction with robots in socially interactive games that utilize music. Motivation Some children with ASD have been found to engage with robots more readily than they do with other people [1]. The use of robots in therapy is an emerging field that has thus far had mixed results [2, 3]. Music therapy, which encompasses http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

Musical robotic interactions for children with autism spectrum disorders

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2016 by ACM Inc.
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1558-2337
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10.1145/2904092.2904094
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SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 114 January 2016 MUSICAL ROBOTIC INTERACTIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Jaclyn Barnes Michigan Technological University jaclynb@mtu.edu Abstract I propose that a system combining robots and music in an interactive game may provide effective therapy encouraging social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. To provide objective measures of the participants' progress, I am also developing a monitoring system using the video cameras and motion detectors to determine the participants' emotional state and engagement level. Introduction As Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) become more commonly diagnosed and more well-known, there comes the increasing awareness that a wide variety of treatments is required to meet the needs of this diverse population. One of the central deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorders is difficulty with social skills and interactions. I propose that this particular deficit may be well addressed for some individuals by therapeutic interaction with robots in socially interactive games that utilize music. Motivation Some children with ASD have been found to engage with robots more readily than they do with other people [1]. The use of robots in therapy is an emerging field that has thus far had mixed results [2, 3]. Music therapy, which encompasses

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Mar 16, 2016

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