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Title: The effectiveness of using LEGO® robotics kits as cognitive and social rehabilitative toys

Authors: Barbara Caci

Addresses: Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Abstract: The present article offers a theoretical contribution to the understanding of the effectiveness of using robotics as cognitive and social rehabilitative toys. Starting from the theoretical foundations of educational robotics in the framework of constructionism, it provides methodological indications related to game activities with robotics behaviour construction kits, such as LEGO® Ev3. Moreover, it discusses empirical studies that evaluated the effectiveness of the use of robotics behaviour construction kits in the field of intellectual disabilities. Practical implications of the present study might be useful for educators, school psychologists, or rehabilitative therapists in the field of special educational needs.

Keywords: robotics; LEGO®; rehabilitation; cognitive rehabilitation; social rehabilitation; robotics behaviour construction kits; intellectual disability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENTTM.2020.105697

International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management, 2020 Vol.1 No.1, pp.34 - 42

Received: 30 Apr 2019
Accepted: 05 Aug 2019

Published online: 09 Mar 2020 *

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