Robot-based augmentative and alternative communication for nonverbal children with communication disorders

Kyung Hea Jeon, Seok Jeong Yeon, Young Tae Kim, Seokwoo Song, John Kim

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Abstract

Nonverbal children with communication disorders have difficulties communicating through oral language. To facilitate communication, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is commonly used in intervention settingss. Different forms of AAC have been used; however, one key aspect of AAC is that children have different preferences and needs in the intervention process. One particular AAC method does not necessarily work for all children. Although robots have been used in different applications, this is one of the first times that robots have been used for improvement of communication in nonverbal children. In this work, we explore robot-based AAC through humanoid robots that assist therapists in interventions with nonverbal children. Through playing activities, our study assessed changes in gestures, vocalization, speech, and verbal expression in children. Our initial results show that robot-based AAC intervention has a positive impact on the communication skills of nonverbal children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages853-859
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329682
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2014 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201417 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Conference

Conference2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period13/09/1417/09/14

Keywords

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Communication disorder
  • Language therapy
  • Robot

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