Imitation is considered a fundamental skill for social development, since it allows children to learn rapidly and effectively by simply watching those around them. Many skills related to early childhood are acquired unconsciously just by witnessing parents, siblings and peers demonstrating them.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have mental health problems that are related to their challenges in recognizing and interpreting emotions or their difficulties in controlling and reacting to emotions. Therefore, teaching emotions to children with autism and implementing interventions to enhance their emotional skills has the potential to improve children’s mental health and quality of life.
Joint attention or shared attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. It is observed when one individual diverts the attention of the other to an object by eye-gaze, pointing, gesture, sound or verbal indication. It is usually developed long before children are able to express their wills, both verbally or by any […]
Raising a child with autism makes tremendous demands on mothers and the family and no one knows this better than Solveig Ellefsen! This is the story of how Solveig found help for her son with Asperger’s.
Many individuals on the autism spectrum may require special support for practicing and gaining confidence in a variety of social skills such as greeting, understanding non-verbal cues as well maintaining a conversation. QTrobot curriculum for teaching social skills is an step by step curriculum designed to facilitate teaching a broad range of social skills to […]
How QTrobot can positively impact the learning opportunity of children with autism spectrum disorder
Using a robot for teaching new emotional and social skills to children with autism is nothing new. The earliest studies on evaluation of the impact of a robot enhanced intervention for children with autism go back to about 2 decades ago when scientists were searching for new tools to help them to engage children with […]
Conversation is an interactive communication between two or more people. Developing conversational skills is one of the first steps in socialization. For many of us, conversational skills have developed effortlessly. Usually, we unconsciously use our body to convey messages and keeping eye contact while having a discussion is not an issue. However, for many children with autism spectrum disorder, all […]
Communicating about our feelings and understanding other people’s emotions can be challenging for many of us, but the challenge is even more when it comes to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social interaction with people can be extremely overwhelming for kids with autism, because they experience difficulties in recognizing facial expressions, body language and […]