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Socially Assistive Robot Use in the Classroom as Robot Assisted Interventions

Socially Assistive Robot Use in the Classroom as Robot Assisted Interventions
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Author(s): Timothy Gifford (Movia Robotics Inc., USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 23
Source title: Using Assistive Technology for Inclusive Learning in K-12 Classrooms
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jeremy Bell (University of Louisiana, Monroe, USA)and Timothy Gifford (Movia Robotics Inc., USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-6424-3.ch001


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Socially assistive robots can play a helpful role in the classroom. The robot's ability to lead and engage students in interactive learning experiences can be used to support students who have trouble accessing the academic program. The assistive nature of the robot can make the curriculum accessible to students with special abilities. The robots are particularly helpful with students who have social challenges and can offer corrective instruction patiently and positively. These are examples of the unique abilities of robots that interact socially with students. They can mimic specific aspects of human behavior by changing their facial expressions, making specific gestures, and changing their speech. Research has shown many of the positive effects of this assistive technology. Although research in this area has been going on for over a decade it is still a very young technology. There are many opportunities for beneficial interactive activities that have yet to be developed with this growing technology. This chapter describes the basics of robot assisted interventions and their application in the classroom. Practical information about implementation is offered with a discussion of the research behind the robots and the evidence-based practices that the activities are based on.

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