Emotional support system for supporting children on the autism spectrum using an embedded system

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Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of pervasive neurodevelopmental disorders mainly characterised by aberrant restrictive behaviour patterns such as self-injurious behaviours (SIB). These behaviours are attributed to the social impairments of the autistic child. This project proposes the design of a miniature robot toy that responds to tactile triggers through vocal communication, facial expressions, and body gestures. The robot is designed to be low powered and low cost to ensure that parents with children on the spectrum can have an affordable intervention medium for their children. The different triggers for the different emotional states regarding the requirements suited to an autistic child are met by the robot design.
Capstone Project submitted to the Department of Engineering, Ashesi University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, May 2022
robot toy, self-injurious behaviour