Typical neurocognitive development is based on multimodal interactions. One way to study multimodal interactions is to analyze how children learn language. The studies we conducted aim to understand the development of cognitive non verbal tasks including -attention, action/gesture imitation, haptic and visual perception tasks -and their relationship with the development of verbal tasks in children aged 5 to 6 years old. The above considerations relevant to the natural and neuronal environments were taken into account for the neurorehabilitation of autistic children using artificial environments rendered possible through the use of mobile toy robots. Autism which is a complex neurocognitive disorder is characterized by troubles in communication as well as deficits in the cognitive treatment of emotions. We designed four studies whose aim was to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the multimodal interaction between autistic children and a mobile toy robot during free spontaneous game play. A range of cognitive non verbal criteria including eye contact, touch, manipulation, and posture were analyzed, firstly in a dyadic interaction and secondly in a triadic interaction. The dyadic interaction of autistic children and a mobile toy robot suggests that the mobile toy robot in an ecological situation such as free, spontaneous game play could be used as a neural mediator in order to reduce skill impairment witnessed in autistic children.
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Post-Graduate Conference on Robotics and Development of Cognition Robot: A satellite event of the International Conference of Artificial Neural Networks - Lausanne, Switzerland|
Duration: 10 Sep 2012 → 12 Sep 2012
|Conference||Post-Graduate Conference on Robotics and Development of Cognition Robot|
|Abbreviated title||ICANN 2012|
|Period||10/09/12 → 12/09/12|