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28-11-2023 | Original Paper

A Scoping Review of the Use of Robotics Technologies for Supporting Social-Emotional Learning in Children with Autism

Auteurs: Sarika Kewalramani, Kelly-Ann Allen, Erin Leif, Andrea Ng

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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Abstract

This scoping review synthesises the current research into robotics technologies for promoting social-emotional learning in children with autism spectrum disorder. It examines the types of robotics technologies employed, their applications, and the gaps in the existing literature. Our scoping review adhered to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) reporting guidelines. The systematic search of relevant databases allowed us to identify studies that use robotics technologies for fostering social, emotional, and cognitive skills in young children with autism. Our review has revealed that various robots, such as Nao, Kaspar, and Zeno, have been used to support the development of social and emotional skills through imitation games, turn-taking, joint attention, emotional recognition, and conversation. As most of these studies were conducted in clinical settings, there is a need for further research in classroom and community-based environments. Additionally, the literature calls for more high-quality longitudinal studies to assess the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of robot-assisted therapy and to assess adaptive and personalised interventions tailored to individual needs. More emphasis is recommended on professional development for educators, parents, and health professionals to incorporate robotics technologies as evidence-based interventions as a pathway for creating inclusive learning environments for children with autism.
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Metagegevens
Titel
A Scoping Review of the Use of Robotics Technologies for Supporting Social-Emotional Learning in Children with Autism
Auteurs
Sarika Kewalramani
Kelly-Ann Allen
Erin Leif
Andrea Ng
Publicatiedatum
28-11-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-023-06193-2