Pamela R Rollins, MS, EdD, CCC/SLP; and Michelle Neilon McFarlin, MS, CCC/SLP

The past decade has seen a surge in the use of technology to accelerate progress and support professionals and caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Technology-Aided Instruction is now classified as one of the 27 intervention practices that have sound scientific evidence for increasing social skills in children with ASD.

Recently, humanoid robots have been developed to fulfill a variety of human-like functions, creating the possibility of being a co-therapist to improve social skills in children with ASD. While research into robot-assisted intervention is in its infancy, early findings suggest social robotics to be a promising intervention practice for teaching social skills to children with ASD.

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