Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Disorders: Measuring Ethical Acceptability

Date

2016-06-07

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0278-0097

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Publisher

IEEE

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction, as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities [1]. The prevalence of autism is estimated at 1-2 per 1000, and close to 6 per 1000 for ASD [23]. ASD is a lifelong disorder, and many individuals need high levels of support throughout their lives [28]. Even though no cure has been found, early intervention is critical for a positive long-term outcome. The interventions that have received the most empirical support are early behavioral interventions. They usually involve one-on-one training provided by a therapist, in which children are trained to respond to environmental changes, understand and use language, and interact appropriately with others in social settings [8].

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Robot assisted therapy, Robot enhanced therapy, Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Autism, ASD, Ethics of robotics

Citation

Peca, A., Coeckelbergh, M., Simut, R., Costescu, C., Pintea, S,. David, D. and Vanderborght, B. (2016) Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Disorders: Measuring Ethical Acceptability. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 35 (2), pp. 54-66

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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)