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Lekbot: A talking and playing robot for children with disabilities

Conference paper
Authors Peter Ljunglöf
Alexander Berman
Britt Claesson
Stina Ericsson
Fredrik Kronlid
Ingrid Mattsson Müller
Cajsa Ottesjö
Published in SLPAT'11: 2nd Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Computing Science (GU)
Language en
Keywords robotlek, barn med CP
Subject categories Language Technology (Computational Linguistics), Communication Studies, Children, Linguistics, Children's language, Specific Languages


This paper describes an ongoing project where we develop and evaluate a setup involving a communication board and a toy robot, which can communicate with each other via synthesized speech. The purpose is to provide children with communicative disabilities with a toy that is fun and easy to use together with peers, with and without disabilities. When the child selects a symbol on the communication board, the board speaks and the robot responds. This encourages the child to use language and learn to cooperate to reach a common goal. Throughout the project, three children with cerebral palsy and their peers use the robot and provide feedback for further development. The multimodal interaction with the robot is video recorded and analyzed together with observational data in activity diaries.

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