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Title: Longitudinal study of interactions among Ghanaian autistic children and Rosye, a humanoid robot
Authors: Owusuaa Mensah, Rose-Mary
Hayfron-Acquah, James Ben
Asante, Michael
Keywords: robots
autism
imitation
Ghana
Africa
study
Issue Date: May-2019
Publisher: International Journal of Computer Techniques
Citation: International Journal of Computer Techniques, Volume 6 Issue 4
Abstract: Children on the autism spectrum have unique learning needs and require extra support and care. This has led to the surge in research on diverse technological interventions which could aid in their therapy. Currently, there is mounting evidence on the potential benefits of robot-mediated interventions for such children. However, research has proven that cultural backgrounds, costs and ease of use play a crucial role in the acceptance of technology. In middle-to-low income countries, the potentials of a lot of children on the autism spectrum are left untapped due to limited expertise to provide early intervention services to them, lack of requisite technological aids and the stigma attached to the disorder. This paper presents results from a longitudinal study of interactions involving some Ghanaian autistic children and Rosye, a humanoid robot in a classroom setting. Varying results were obtained due to the multifaceted nature of the disorder. Some of the children were consistent in their responses to the robot over several sessions, others began to communicate with the robot as the sessions went by and for a few, their interest in the robot declined with time. However, the results suggest that there are some children on the autism spectrum in Ghana for whom robot mediated interventions would be beneficial.
Description: This article is published in International Journal of Computer Techniques and also available at http://www.ijctjournal.org/
URI: http://www.ijctjournal.org/
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