Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Disorders: Measuring Ethical Acceptability
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 . The prevalence of autism is estimated at 1-2 per 1000, and close to 6 per 1000 for ASD . ASD is a lifelong disorder, and many individuals need high levels of support throughout their lives . 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 .
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