Therapeutic play with a storytelling robot

TitleTherapeutic play with a storytelling robot
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsLathan C, Vice J M, Tracey M, Plaisant C, Druin A, Edward K, Montemayor J
Conference NameCHI '01 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems
Date Published2001///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-58113-340-5
Keywordschildren, design process, rehabilitation, robot, therapeutic play, user interface

We are developing a prototype storytelling robot for use with children in rehabilitation. Children can remotely control a furry robot by using a variety of body sensors adapted to their disability or rehabilitation goal. We believe this robot can motivate children and help them reach their therapy goals through therapeutic play, either by exercising muscles or joints (e.g. for physically challenged children) or by reflecting on the stories (e.g. for children with developmental disabilities). To develop this technology we use an innovative design methodology involving children as design partners.