A feasibility study of using Kaspar, a humanoid robot for speech and language therapy for children with learning disabilities

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Abstract

The research presented in this paper investigates the feasibility of using humanoid robots like Kaspar as assistive tools in Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) therapy for children with learning disabilities. The study aims to answer two research questions: RQ1. Can a social robot be used to improve SLC skills of children with learning disabilities? RQ2. What is the measurable impact of interacting with a humanoid robot on children with learning disability and SLC needs? A co-creation approach was followed, three therapeutic educational games were developed and implemented on the Kaspar robot in collaboration with experienced SLC experts. Twenty children from two different special educational needs schools participated in the games in 9 sessions over a period of 3 weeks. Results showed significant improvement in participants’ SLC skills – i.e. language comprehension and production skills– over the intervention. Findings of this research affirms feasibility, suggesting that this type of robotic interaction is the right path to follow to help the children improve their SLC skills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)
Place of PublicationBusan, Korea, Republic of
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1233-1238
Number of pages6
Edition32
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-3670-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2023
Event32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2023) - Busan, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
Duration: 28 Aug 202331 Aug 2023
https://www.ro-man2023.org/main

Conference

Conference32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2023)
Abbreviated titleIEEE RO-MAN 2023
Country/TerritoryKorea, Democratic People's Republic of
CityBusan
Period28/08/2331/08/23
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