Longing to Connect: Could Social Robots Improve Social Bonding, Attachment, and Communication Among Children with Autism and Their Parents?

Lisa Armstrong, Yeol Huh

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Abstract

Social robots are showing promise in assisting children with an autism spectrum disorder to improve social, language, and behavioral skills. However, this emerging technology has yet to find a permanent place in the homes of children with autism in part because the long-term benefits of robot-assisted therapy are still undetermined. We present this autoethnographic case of a 10-year-old boy with autism and his mother to explore the perceived benefits of the long-term, in-home use of a social robot as it relates to the facilitation of parent-child bonding, attachment, communication, and social learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 13th International Conference, ICSR 2021, Proceedings
EditorsHaizhou Li, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Yan Wu, Agnieszka Wykowska, Hongsheng He, Xiaorui Liu, Dongyu Li, Jairo Perez-Osorio
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages650-659
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030905248
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 10 Nov 202113 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13086 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period10/11/2113/11/21

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Social bonding
  • Social robot

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