A Dynamical Modeling of Interpersonal Distances for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Airi TSUJI  Soichiro MATSUDA  Junichi YAMAMOTO  Kenji SUZUKI  

D - Abstracts of IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems (Japanese Edition)   Vol.J101-D   No.2   pp.369-376
Publication Date: 2018/02/01
Online ISSN: 1881-0225
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Human Communication)
interpersonal distance,  children with ASD,  motion capture,  feedback,  

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This study proposed a quantitative estimation method for interpersonal distance by using a prototype measurement system for supporting the children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With the aid of motion capture technology and marker caps, we estimated the body position of children with ASD and their therapists. A prototype measurement system was introduced in practicing therapy rooms and captured behavior during ongoing therapy for children with ASD. In addition, intervention method using sound feedback of interpersonal distance was investigated, and evaluations of intervention effect were conducted. This study confirmed that approaching behavior and interpersonal distance can be effectively estimated using the proposed motion capture system.