Robotic companion for diabetic children: Emotional and educational support to diabetic children, through an interactive robot

Marco Nalin, Ilaria Baroni, Alberto Sanna, Clara Pozzi

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Abstract

This work describes the requirements that a robotic companion should have in order to properly provide support to diabetic children, in a hospital department. The paper will briefly introduce all the different needs that a diabetic child might have, and the difficulties she faces in the discovery and management of the disease. Starting from literature both on Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) and robotic companions, the paper will try to outline which are the possible objectives of a "robot assisted therapy" for young diabetic patients, where the robot should aim at reducing child's stress and anxiety, help to improve her response to medical treatments, improve her self-efficacy, and motivate her to do physical activity. The paper will then continue presenting the requirements derived from these objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Pages260-263
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event11th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2012 - Bremen, Germany
Duration: Jun 12 2012Jun 15 2012

Other

Other11th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2012
CountryGermany
CityBremen
Period6/12/126/15/12

Keywords

  • diabetes
  • personal robots
  • robot therapy
  • robotic companion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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