Recent research has shown that social robots are beneficial in therapeutic interventions for children with autism in clinical environment. For the generalization of the skills learned in therapy sessions outside the clinic or laboratory, the therapeutic process needs to be continued at home. Therefore, social robotic devices should be designed with smaller sizes, lower cost, and higher level of autonomy. This paper presents the development of Probolino, a portable and low-cost social robotic device based on the social robot Probo. The system functions as a "robotic cognitive orthotic" which is an intermediate step between a computer and a robot without motion. Interactive games are developed to help children with autism spectrum disorders make social decisions in daily activities. These activities are configured in a time-line by therapists or parents via a web interface. Probolino is expected to enhance the efficiency of current robot-assisted autism therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
EditorsAdriana Tapus, Elisabeth André, Jean-Claude Martin, François Ferland, Mehdi Ammi
Place of PublicationBerlin/Heidelberg
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-25554-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-25553-8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2015
EventThe 7th International Conference on Social Robotics - Paris, France
Duration: 26 Oct 201530 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceThe 7th International Conference on Social Robotics

    Research areas

  • Social robotic device, Robot-assisted autism therapy

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