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The following review aimed to discover what elements in AAC interface design best facilitate AAC use in play in order to support children with complex needs in their linguistic, cognitive, and social development. The review explored how AAC use helps in development and how AAC effectiveness can...
Previous research at the Assistive Technology Lab at the University of Alberta has found that the use of robots can facilitate participation for children with disabilities in performing mathematics activities. The focus of the current study was to describe the language used by a child with...
Speech generating communication devices (SGCD) help individuals with severe speech impairments meet the needs of daily communication. They are commonly used by individuals who have congenital, developmental and/or acquired disabilities in which their ability to speak has been impaired. The...
Effect of a Child-Controlled Robot on Mother’s Communicative Dominance during Play Interaction with a Child with Cerebral Palsy: a Case StudyDownload
Children who have severe physical disabilities often have great difficulty interacting and learning through play, and their expressive language is commonly limited. During play, mothers are frequently more directive in their interaction with children with disabilities. This might change if the...
Examination of Interface Designs Which Maximize Communicative Output in Disabled Children Using an Augmentative Communication Device during a Robot-Controlled Play Scenario
Examination of Interface Designs Which Maximize Communicative Output in Disabled Children Using an Augmentative Communication Device during a Robot-Controlled Play ScenarioDownload
The purpose of this study, which is part of a larger interface design study, is to expand on evidence suggesting that the use of robotic play with disabled children who have a decreased ability to play, may promote the development of their motor, cognitive and linguistic skills.
This paper presents an eye gaze and brain controlled interface, where eye gaze is used to select a target, and motor imagery is used to drive a mobile robot towards the target. Vibrotactile haptic feedback about where eye gaze is being tracked by the system and kinesthetic haptic feedback about...
Typically developing children learn and develop their cognitive, language , social and motor skills by interacting with their environment. This includes playing with toys and physically manipulating objects. Children with physical limitations may not be able to fully explore their world in...
Children learn through interacting with their environment. Most children develop their cognitive and linguistic abilities though play interactions. The Lego Mindstorms Robotic Invention SystemT is a tool that children with physical disabilities can use to facilitate play interactions. Over a four...
everal studies have demonstrated the potential of robots as assistive tools for play activities. Through the use of robots, children with motor impairments may be able to manipulate objects and engage in play activities as their typically developing peers, thus having the same opportunities to...
A focus on the experiences and perspectives of siblings of children who use AAC who participated in AAC Camp Alberta. While gaining a deeper understanding of this relationship was key, information was also used for program planning.