Emergent emotional and verbal strategies in autism are based on multimodal interactions with toy robots in free spontaneous game play

Michel Puyon, Irini Giannopulu

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Abstract

Under the hypothesis that multimodal cognitive processes could be though as a building block from which language could emerge in autistic children, we used a toy robot with and without free game play. A range of cognitive nonverbal criteria including eye contact, touching, manipulation, and posture were analyzed; the frequency of the words and verbs was calculated. Only during game play the children interact quasi-continually and multimodally with the robot and express language. A positive correlation exists between expressive language and multimodal cognitive processes only when free game play with the robot is possible. The data suggest that a mobile toy robot could be used as a neural orthesis in order to improve autistic children's brain multimodal activity and incite them to express language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: "Living Together, Enjoying Together, and Working Together with Robots!", IEEE RO-MAN 2013
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages593-597
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-0509-6
ISBN (Print)9781479905072, 978-1-4799-0508-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: "Living Together, Enjoying Together, and Working Together with Robots!", IEEE RO-MAN 2013 - Gyeongju, Gyeongju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 26 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Conference

Conference22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: "Living Together, Enjoying Together, and Working Together with Robots!", IEEE RO-MAN 2013
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityGyeongju
Period26/08/1329/08/13

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    Puyon, M., & Giannopulu, I. (2013). Emergent emotional and verbal strategies in autism are based on multimodal interactions with toy robots in free spontaneous game play. In 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: "Living Together, Enjoying Together, and Working Together with Robots!", IEEE RO-MAN 2013 (pp. 593-597). [6628544] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2013.6628544