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BRUCC: Are social robots ready to deliver interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder?

Wednesday, 4 April, 2018 - 19:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Psychologie en Educatiewetenschappen
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Brussels University Consultation Center
BRUCC prof training

Around 50 000 000 people worldwide have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is also a lifetime condition, for which no cure has yet been found. Having a "spectrum" manifestation, autism does not occur to the same degree and in the same form in all cases. Therefore, always several interventions are needed to address the many ways ASD is expressed and to find tools that might lessen the cost, lighten the burden and enhance the workload of therapists and families. In order to answer these challenges, an innovative approach, namely robot assisted therapy, aims to use social robots in order to enhance the efficiency of the traditional social skills treatments. Several arguments why to consider making research on exploring the potential of social robots as therapeutic tools in social skills training for children with ASD are provided, but also the ethical aspects and the limitations of this innovative approach are discussed.

By: Ramona Simut