'''Article:''' Interacting with robots: can we encourage social interaction skills in children with autism? by Ben Robins and Kerstin Dautenhahn

'''Introduction to paper:'''

This paper summarizes findings of a few of their other papers, particularly that:

  1. Children with ASD eventually warm up to playing with robots
  2. Robots are good candidates for joint attention between adults and children with ASD
  3. Children with ASD prefer robots with less detail

'''Application to personal research:'''

TiLAR robots will act as mediators for joint attention.

Child & adult have joint attention on the robot because the child is already interested in focusing on it, and the adult isn't denied the opportunity of joining in on the experience. But is there a way that the adult can help the child to focus his/her attention on other things, without the child first having the desire him/herself? Or is there a way that the child can more fully understand or appreciate the adult because of their joint attention experience?


  • What is a “longitudinal” approach? Does that just mean they researched over an extended period of multiple sessions (using the same subject)?

'''Additional notes from paper:'''

  • Triad of impairment explained, again.
  • Autistic children are more socially responsive when they are being imitated
  • Joint attention (two individuals focusing attention on the same thing) is fundamental in human development

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