An Expert System to Design Intervention Strategies for Children with Disabilities in Multi-Sensory Stimulation Environments

J. Llanes-Coronel, K. Pucha-Ortíz, V. Robles-Bykbaev, P. Carrera-Hidalgo, E. O. Zhimnay-Valverde

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Abstract

The Multi-Sensory Environments (MSEs) have the objective of improving the development of thought, intelligence, and social skills of children with and without disabilities. However, in developing countries, due to the lack of personnel and resources, the process of designing intervention plans for children with disabilities in MSEs is carried out from an empirical perspective. For these reasons, in this paper, we present a system that relies on a multi-sensory environment consisting of 7 rehabilitation modules and an expert system to automatically determine which rehabilitation activities are appropriate for children with disabilities. To this aim, the expert system uses a model based on decision trees regressors with multi-outputs and suggests a therapy plan selecting pairs activity-module (from a total of 7 modules). We tested the system with a group of experts using three criteria: completeness of the plan, coherence (activities versus child’s profile), and applicability (relation between activities and each module). Currently, the system can suggest plans for children with different disabilities such as Infantile Cerebral Palsy (ICP), autism, hypogenesis of the corpus callosum, intellectual disability, epilepsy, and hydranencephaly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and Communication Technologies - 8th Conference, TICEC 2020, Proceedings
EditorsGermania Rodriguez Morales, Efraín R. Fonseca C., Juan Pablo Salgado, Pablo Pérez-Gosende, Marcos Orellana Cordero, Santiago Berrezueta
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages51-63
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030628321
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event8th Conference on Information and Communication Technologies of Ecuador, TICEC 2020 - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Duration: 25 Nov 202027 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1307
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference8th Conference on Information and Communication Technologies of Ecuador, TICEC 2020
Country/TerritoryEcuador
CityGuayaquil
Period25/11/2027/11/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors express their gratitude to the UNESCO Chair on Support technologies for Educational Inclusion, to the Research Group on Artificial Intelligence and Assistive Technologies (GI-IATa) and to the Universidad Polit?cnica Salesiana for the support and financing given to the project ?Sistemas Inteligentes de Soporte a la Educaci?n Especial (SINSAE v5)?.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords

  • Children with disabilities
  • Multi-output decision tree regressor
  • Multi-Sensory Environments

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