This article presents a set of play scenarios for robot assisted play for children with disabilities. This work was developed as part of the pan-European IROMEC project that investigated how robotic toys can become social mediators, encouraging children with special needs to discover a range of play styles, from solitary to collaborative play (with peers, carers/teachers, parents etc). The target user groups in the project were children with Mild Mental Retardation1, children with Severe Motor Impairment and children with Autism. The play scenarios were developed against specific educational and therapeutic objectives that were discussed with panels of experts (teachers therapists parents) in various countries, during several user panel meetings for each of the above mentioned target user groups. These objectives were classified with reference to the ICF-CY, the International Classification of Functioning – version for Children and Youth. The article presents a set of play scenarios, each with its relevant educational and therapeutic objectives in five key developmental areas (i.e sensory development, communication and interaction, cognitive development, motor development and social and emotional development). Although the play scenarios presented in this paper originally were developed for and tested with the above user groups and with the IROMEC robot, the play scenarios may be considered for use with other user groups or in other applications involving human-robot interaction and with other robotic toys.

Robins, B., Dautenhahn, K., Ferrari, E., Kronreif, G., Prazak Aram, B., Marti, P., et al. (2012). Scenarios of Robot Assisted Play for Children with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities. INTERACTION STUDIES, 13(2), 189-234 [10.1075/is.13.2.03rob].

Scenarios of Robot Assisted Play for Children with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities

MARTI, PATRIZIA;
2012

Abstract

This article presents a set of play scenarios for robot assisted play for children with disabilities. This work was developed as part of the pan-European IROMEC project that investigated how robotic toys can become social mediators, encouraging children with special needs to discover a range of play styles, from solitary to collaborative play (with peers, carers/teachers, parents etc). The target user groups in the project were children with Mild Mental Retardation1, children with Severe Motor Impairment and children with Autism. The play scenarios were developed against specific educational and therapeutic objectives that were discussed with panels of experts (teachers therapists parents) in various countries, during several user panel meetings for each of the above mentioned target user groups. These objectives were classified with reference to the ICF-CY, the International Classification of Functioning – version for Children and Youth. The article presents a set of play scenarios, each with its relevant educational and therapeutic objectives in five key developmental areas (i.e sensory development, communication and interaction, cognitive development, motor development and social and emotional development). Although the play scenarios presented in this paper originally were developed for and tested with the above user groups and with the IROMEC robot, the play scenarios may be considered for use with other user groups or in other applications involving human-robot interaction and with other robotic toys.
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