Investigating the Effects of Robot-Assisted Therapy among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder using Bio-markers

Jaishankar Bharatharaj, Loulin Huang, Ahmed Al-Jumaily, Mohan Rajesh Elara, Chris Krägeloh
2017 IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering  
Therapeutic pet robots designed to help humans with various medical conditions could play a vital role in physiological, psychological and social-interaction interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this paper, we report our findings from a robot-assisted therapeutic study conducted over seven weeks to investigate the changes in stress levels of children with ASD. For this study, we used the parrot-inspired therapeutic robot, KiliRo, we developed and investigated
more » ... y and salivary samples of participating children to report changes in stress levels before and after interacting with the robot. This is a pioneering human-robot interaction study to investigate the effects of robot-assisted therapy using salivary samples. The results show that the bio-inspired robot-assisted therapy can significantly help reduce the stress levels of children with ASD.
doi:10.1088/1757-899x/234/1/012017 fatcat:t6wzaczkubgmdck4dc2rhjzlze