A soft, mobile, autonomous robot to develop skills through play in autistic children

Andrea Brivio, Ksenia Rogacheva, Matteo Lucchelli, Andrea Bonarini
2021 Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics  
Robots have been used for many years in therapeutic activities with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, most robots presented in the literature have limited or no mobility, are made of rigid materials, or are too expensive for many care centers. We share the choices and the design rationale of the latest version of a soft, mobile, low-cost, autonomous robot that has successfully been used for 3 years in a care center for activities that include both free play and structured games.
more » ... eover, the kind of activities that can be performed with this robot, and the feedback obtained from therapists about its application are reported.
doi:10.1515/pjbr-2021-0015 fatcat:sngwnoam55c7hfyuag6wj2sce4