Can Robots Serve as an Effective Instructional tool for decreasing Off-Task Behaviors in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Amelia K. Moody

Sharon Richter


University of North Carolina Wilmington

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder was written by Amelia K. Moody and Sharon Richter from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The researchers conducted a single subject reversal design to compare the Superflex® curriculum and a researcher- developed Robotics-Enhanced Superflex intervention on off-task behavior among three elementary students with autism. Researchers implemented two phases of the study, including the Robotics- Enhanced Social Skills Instruction and traditional social skills instruction across a 10-week period. The results indicate that off task behaviors were decreased using Robotics-Enhanced Social Skills instruction over a traditional social skills lesson. Results were educationally significant for decreasing off-task behaviors while increasing cognitive demands.

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