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IJBBB 2019 Vol.9(2): 100-108 ISSN: 2010-3638
doi: 10.17706/ijbbb.2019.9.2.100-108

Using Storytelling Robot for Supporting Autistic Children in Theory of Mind

Sujirat Attawibulkul, Natthanicha Sornsuwonrangsee, Wisanu Jutharee, Boonserm Kaewkamnerdpong
Abstract—Autistic children have deficit in the understanding of how other people think and feel which is an important factor for social interaction and social communication. The understanding of how other people think and feel is called theory of mind. The storytelling activity could help the autistic children to learn about the theory of mind from the communication between the characters in the story stand point. This study investigated the use of BLISS robot with mobile application in the storytelling activity for supporting the theory of mind in autistic children. Five children between 4 and 12 years old were recruited. All children listened to the story and answered questions about theory of mind from their parents in first week. For second week, all children listened to the story and answered question from BLISS robot that was controlled by their parents. Experimental result suggested that all children stay engaged throughout the storytelling activity. It was shown that BLISS robot can be used to reduce the burden of parent in storytelling activity. Moreover, some autistic children can answer all questions about theory of mind correctly.

Index Terms—Theory of mind, storytelling robot, storytelling activity, autism therapy, autistic children.

Sujirat Attawibulkul and Boonserm Kaewkamnerdpong are with Biological Engineering Program, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand, 10140 (email: boonserm.kae@kmutt.ac.th).
Natthanicha Sornsuwonrangsee and Wisanu Jutharee are with Institute of Field Robotics, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand, 10140.

Cite: Sujirat Attawibulkul, Natthanicha Sornsuwonrangsee, Wisanu Jutharee, Boonserm Kaewkamnerdpong, "Using Storytelling Robot for Supporting Autistic Children in Theory of Mind," International Journal of Bioscience, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 100-108, 2019.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3638
Frequency: Bimonthly (2011-2015); Quarterly (Since 2016)
DOI: 10.17706/IJBBB
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Ebtisam Heikal 
Abstracting/ Indexing: Electronic Journals Library, Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), Google Scholar, and ProQuest.
E-mail: ijbbb@iap.org
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