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Robotics and speech processing technology for the facilitation of social communication training in children with autism  

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often respond socially and intellectually to simple robots and computers, but it remains to be determined whether such interactions can be harnessed to build communication and social skills. The present study will test whether existing robotic and computer technology can be applied for therapeutic use in the development of social skills in children with ASD. Dr. Narayanan will examine which factors influence the extent to which robot or computer simulations are engaging to children with ASD. A pilot study with autistic subjects will then be conducted to examine whether robots or computers may be used to facilitate communication and interaction with the family and peers of ASD children. For example, an engaging social character in the form of an intelligent robot may serve as a focus for shared attention and interaction with a teacher or parent. This study may enable future in-depth intervention studies of robot and computer-assisted therapies for communication and social skills for children with ASD. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Project Number 2968
Principal Investigator Narayanan, Shrikanth
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of Southern California
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Robotics and speech processing technology for the facilitation of social communication training in children with autism (External web link)
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