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Utility of social robots for promoting joint attention in infants and toddlers with disabilities  

The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility and usability of social robots for promoting the joint attention of infants and toddlers with autism, Down syndrome, and other attention-deficit related disabilities to improve the children's interaction skills that are known to be important for early communication and language development. Activities of this project include: (a) developing procedures and guidelines for using socially interactive robots as a technology-based approach to early intervention; (b) testing the feasibility and effectiveness of using robots as part of everyday family activities with infants and toddlers with disabilities; and (c) developing a promising technology-based approach to early intervention that is suitable for Phase 2 field-testing to determine its effectiveness for improving the joint attention and early communication outcomes of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,650.00
Current Award Period 2010-2012
Project Number H327A100052
Principal Investigator Dunst, Carl
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Technology-Based Interventions and Supports
Strategic Plan Objective 4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
State/Country North Carolina
Web Link 1 Utility of social robots for promoting joint attention in infants and toddlers with disabilities (External web link)
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