An educational robotic assistant for supporting therapy sessions of children with communication disorders

V. Velasquez-Angamarca, K. Mosquera-Cordero, V. Robles-Bykbaev, A. Leon-Pesantez, D. Krupke, J. Knox, V. Torres-Segarra, P. Chicaiza-Juela

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Abstract

Nowadays the communication disorders affect million people worldwide. This situation is a reality even in developed countries such as the United States of America (40 million persons in general), the United Kingdom (1 million children), Australia (1.1 million), among many others. However, in several South American countries, such as Ecuador, there are not even comparative statistics regarding the number of children that present communication disorders. But each year hundreds of children join schools with different difficulties, of which the most common is the Dyslalia. For these reasons, in this paper, we present a new approach to engage children to participate in therapies with the support of a robotic assistant. This proposal was put to the test with ten children divided into two groups (control and pilot) during two months of therapy. The achieved results are encouraging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 7th International Engineering, Sciences and Technology Conference, IESTEC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages586-591
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728116914
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event7th International Engineering, Sciences and Technology Conference, IESTEC 2019 - Panama City, Panama
Duration: 9 Oct 201911 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2019 7th International Engineering, Sciences and Technology Conference, IESTEC 2019

Conference

Conference7th International Engineering, Sciences and Technology Conference, IESTEC 2019
Country/TerritoryPanama
CityPanama City
Period9/10/1911/10/19

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Children
  • Communi cation disorders
  • Dyslalia
  • Robotic assistant
  • Speech language therapy

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