Social robots can be used for assisting children managing chronic illness through education and encouragement. In this paper, we present a study about the use of a NAO robot in the therapy with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In particular, we propose an approach to track the gaze of the child while she/he is interacting with the robot. We adopt a two level architecture, where the high-levels task in the treatment protocol are decided by the therapist and the robot performs autonomously the low-level tasks. We carried out a preliminary evaluation of the proposed approach involving neurotypical and an autistic children.

HRI-based Gaze-contingent Eye Tracking for Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment: A preliminary study using a NAO robot

M. Brienza;F. Laus;G. Carriero;M. Sileo;D. D. Bloisi;F. Pierri;
2023-01-01

Abstract

Social robots can be used for assisting children managing chronic illness through education and encouragement. In this paper, we present a study about the use of a NAO robot in the therapy with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In particular, we propose an approach to track the gaze of the child while she/he is interacting with the robot. We adopt a two level architecture, where the high-levels task in the treatment protocol are decided by the therapist and the robot performs autonomously the low-level tasks. We carried out a preliminary evaluation of the proposed approach involving neurotypical and an autistic children.
2023
979-8-3503-3671-9
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