About this Research Topic
The beneficial effects of using robotics in educational or therapeutic settings for adults or children with special needs have already been demonstrated in some studies involving people with autism spectrum disorder, and less frequently studies in studies involving people with attentional deficit and hyperactivity disorder or with intellectual disabilities.
Some of these studies used humanoid or zoomorphic robots in order to study human–robot interactions or to improve social skills in children. In other studies, robotics construction kits have been used, since they allow simultaneous stimulation of creativity, reasoning, and manipulation abilities. The current body of research, however, is still limited, and the efficacy of robotics trainings have not always been properly verified using experimental methodologies.
The goal of the Research Topic is to collect different empirical and evidence-based experiences in the field of Robotics Technologies for People with Neurodevelopmental Disorders that allow us to define general guidelines and frameworks for using robotics in cognitive rehabilitation applications.
To this aim, we will welcome studies focusing on the empirical application of different types of robotic systems (construction kits, anthropomorphic robots, other interactive systems) for the empowerment or the rehabilitation of children, adults, and elderly people with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or cognitive disabilities.
We are interested in studies that will produce measurable results as well as technologies that enable cognitive rehabilitation.
Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
• Empowering cognitive processes through human-robot interaction in people with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or cognitive disabilities
• Robots for stimulating embodied cognition in people with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or cognitive disabilities
• Technologies for improving kinesthetic learning and abilities in people with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or cognitive disabilities
Keywords: Special Needs, Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Educational Robotics
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