Further Developments

After LUDI finished in April 2018, some members have still continued working together on new projets. Here, some of them are reported!

SMART | Erasmus+ project

A synergy between a humanoid robot and a personal mobile device as a novel intervention tool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Aims of the project

The purpose of this project is to develop and practically use intervention protocol through use of humanoid robot and complementary Apps for personal mobile device as a novel intervention tool for children with autism. Communication deficits, as one of the core deficits in children with autism, are also present in communication between the child and his therapist. There are promising results in the use of robots in supporting the social and emotional development of children with autism. Using robots as social mediators to engage children in tasks, allows for a simplified, predictable and reliable environment e. g. having predictable rules has been shown to be important in promoting prosocial behaviors. This is a study of feasibility and proof of concept, in using a robot in conjunction with Apps for a personal mobile devices as a novel intervention tool for children with autism.

LUDI Members within the project partners

  1. Tatjana Zorcec | University Children’s Hospital (Skopje, Macedonia)
  2. Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences (Zagreb, Croatia)
  3. Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM (Skopje, Macedonia)
  4. Ben Robins | The University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield, UK)
  5. Dana Cappel and Noa Nitzan | Beit Issie Shapiro – Amutat Avi (Ra’anana, Israel)


Results from a systematic literature review on the usage of humanoid robots in intervention for children with ASD, country’s specific needs obtained from interviews of caregivers, clinicians, and parents, and evaluation of the novel intervention concept developed, including results of the studies with children with ASD, are all been published and can be downloaded at: https://smartproject.mk/results/

P4PPLAY | European Joint Doctorate (EJD) – Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme

People, Place, Policy and Practice

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Description and Aims

P4Play is an innovative European Joint Doctoral programme (EJD) that has been awarded 2.2m funding in the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme for 2019. P4Play is led by the Department of Occupational Science/Therapy in Ireland, in collaboration with colleagues from Sweden, Switzerland and Scotland. The consortium is a network of researchers, academics and industry partners who take play seriously, and are advocates for the rights of the child to play, with foundations in the COST Action TD1309 “LUDI – Play for Children with Disabilties”. Partners come from government play policy advisors, and NGO advocacy groups in addition to designers of play materials. Our goal is to progress a rights-based agenda for all children at risk of play deprivation through the development of a child-centred play research programme in relation to four fundamental areas: People, Place, Policy and Practice (P4Play). 

LUDI Members within the project patners

  1. Helen Lynch, UCC, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Ireland
  2. Maria Prellwitz, Lulea University, Department of Health Sciences and Occupational Therapy, Sweden
  3. Christina Schulze, ZHAW University, Institute of Occupational Therapy, Switzerland
  4. Maria Costa, AIJU, Spain
  5. Ilse van der Put, de Seieltuinbende, Netherlands