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A Case Study of a Robot-Assisted Speech Therapy for Children with Language Disorders

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Aerospace and Industrial Engineering Department, School of Architecture, Engineering and Design, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 28670 Villaviciosa de Odón, Spain
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Academic Model and Digital Transformation, School of Architecture, Engineering and Design, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 28670 Villaviciosa de Odón, Spain
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Science, Computation and Technology Department, School of Architecture, Engineering and Design, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 28670 Villaviciosa de Odón, Spain
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Gabinete de Psicología y Logopedia Vallmen S.L., 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
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Academic Editors: Luis Ortiz Jiménez and José Juan Carrión Martinez
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2771; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052771
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 27 February 2021 / Accepted: 1 March 2021 / Published: 4 March 2021
The aim of this study was to explore the potential of using a social robot in speech therapy interventions in children. A descriptive and explorative case study design was implemented involving the intervention for language disorder in five children with different needs with an age ranging from 9 to 12 years. Children participated in sessions with a NAO-type robot in individual sessions. Qualitative methods were used to collect data on aspects of viability, usefulness, barriers and facilitators for the child as well as for the therapist in order to obtain an indication of the effects on learning and the achievement of goals. The main results pointed out the affordances and possibilities of the use of a NAO robot in achieving speech therapy and educational goals. A NAO can contribute towards eliciting motivation, readiness towards learning and improving attention span of the children. The results of the study showed the potential that NAO has in therapy and education for children with different disabilities. More research is needed to gain insight into how a NAO can be applied best in speech therapy to make a more inclusive education conclusions. View Full-Text
Keywords: NAO robot; social robot; speech therapy; inclusive education; children with language disorders NAO robot; social robot; speech therapy; inclusive education; children with language disorders
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Estévez, D.; Terrón-López, M.-J.; Velasco-Quintana, P.J.; Rodríguez-Jiménez, R.-M.; Álvarez-Manzano, V. A Case Study of a Robot-Assisted Speech Therapy for Children with Language Disorders. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2771. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052771

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Estévez D, Terrón-López M-J, Velasco-Quintana PJ, Rodríguez-Jiménez R-M, Álvarez-Manzano V. A Case Study of a Robot-Assisted Speech Therapy for Children with Language Disorders. Sustainability. 2021; 13(5):2771. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052771

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Estévez, David, María-José Terrón-López, Paloma J. Velasco-Quintana, Rosa-María Rodríguez-Jiménez, and Valle Álvarez-Manzano. 2021. "A Case Study of a Robot-Assisted Speech Therapy for Children with Language Disorders" Sustainability 13, no. 5: 2771. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052771

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