Publications:

 

  •  Children’s Development

Cognitive Assessment and Play

Using Robots for Academics

 


Children’s Development – Cognitive Assessment and Play

An exploratory study of children’s pretend play when using a switch-controlled assistive robot to manipulate toys
Adams, K., Rios Rincon, A., Becerra, L., Castanellos, J., Gomez, M., Cook, A. M., & Encarnação, P. (Accepted for publication). An exploratory study of children’s pretend play when using a switch-controlled assistive robot to manipulate toys. British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT), Special Issue on Assistive Technology.

Alvarez, L., Adams, K., & Cook, A. (In review). Quantifying the complexity of using robots as augmentative manipulation tools: an affordances perspective. Assistive Technology.

Rios, A. M., Adams, K., Magill-Evans, J., & Cook, A. (2016). Playfulness in Children with Limited Motor Abilities When Using a Robot. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (IPOP). doi:10.3109/01942638.2015.1076559

Adams, K., Rios Rincon, A., Becerra, L., & Esquivel, P. (2015, June). Using robots to access play at different developmental levels for children with severe disabilities: a pilot study (Extended abstract in conference proceedings and podium presentation). Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference: New Frontiers in Assistive Technology, Denver, CO. (Podium presentation)

The Neurophysiology of augmentative manipulation:  A method for technical implementation,
Alvarez, L., Wiebe, S. A., Adams, K., Hope, A., & Cook, A. (2014). The Neurophysiology of augmentative manipulation:  A method for technical implementation. Technology & Disability.

Using virtual robot mediated play activities to assess cognitive skills.
Encarnação, P., Alvarez, L., Rios, A., Maya, C., Adams, K., & Cook, A. M. (2014). Using virtual robot mediated play activities to assess cognitive skills. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9(3), 231–241.

Changes in playfulness with a robotic intervention in a child with cerebral palsy.
Rios Rincon, A., Adams, K., Magill-Evans, J., & Cook, A. M. (2013). Changes in playfulness with a robotic intervention in a child with cerebral palsy. Paper presented at the 12th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology (AAATE), Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal.

Lego robots promoting mother-child communication during free play: a pilot study with a child with severe motor impairment.
Ríos Rincón, A., Sirard, K., Wainer, A., & Adams, K. (2013). Lego robots promoting mother-child communication during free play: a pilot study with a child with severe motor impairment. Paper presented at the Poster presentation at the RESNA Annual Conference, Bellevue, WA.

The Neurophysiology of augmentative manipulation: A method for technical implementation.
Alvarez, L., Wiebe, S., Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2013, September 19-22). The Neurophysiology of augmentative manipulation: A method for technical implementation. Paper presented at the Assistive Technology: From Research to Practice, Proceedings of the 12th European conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE 2013), Villamaura, Portugal.

From Infancy to Early Childhood: The Role of Augmentative Manipulation Robotic Tools in Cognitive and Social Development for Children with Motor Disabilities.
Alvarez, L., Rios, A. M., Adams, K., Encarnação, P., & Cook, A. M. (2013). From Infancy to Early Childhood: The Role of Augmentative Manipulation Robotic Tools in Cognitive and Social Development for Children with Motor Disabilities. Paper presented at the 2012 International Conference on Neurorehabilitation, Toledo, Spain.

Virtual Assistive Robot For Play.
Encarnação, P., Piedade, G., Adams, K., & Cook, A. M. (2012, February 15 – 17). Virtual Assistive Robot For Play. Paper presented at the IASTED International Conference Assistive Technologies (AT 2012), Innsbruck, Austria.

Comparison of Physical and Simulated Assistive Robots for Cognitive Skills Assessment.
Encarnacao, P., Cook, A., M., Adams, K., D., Azevedo, L., Gil, I., C., Londral, A., R., . . . Rodrigues, S. (2012). Comparison of Physical and Simulated Assistive Robots for Cognitive Skills Assessment. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

The role of assisted manipulation in cognitive development.
Cook, A., Adams, K., Encarnação, P., & Alvarez, L. (2012). The role of assisted manipulation in cognitive development. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(2), 136–148.

Big lessons from small users: What Robots Reveal About Development in Children with Disabilities.
Cook, A., Adams, K., Encarnação, P., Alvarez, L., & Rios, A. (2012, July 8-12). Big lessons from small users: What Robots Reveal About Development in Children with Disabilities. Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development 2012 Biennial Meeting, Edmonton, AB.

Cross-Cultural Use of Physical and Virtual Robots to Reveal Cognitive Understanding in Young Children.
Cook, A. M., Encarnação, P., Adams, K., Alvarez, L., & Rios, A. (2012). Cross-Cultural Use of Physical and Virtual Robots to Reveal Cognitive Understanding in Young Children. Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Egineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference, Baltimore, MD.

The role of motor experience in cognitive development: Challenges and insights from atypical development
Alvarez, L., Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2012, 31 May–2 June). The role of motor experience in cognitive development: Challenges and insights from atypical development Paper presented at the The Jean Piaget Society Society for the Study of Knowledge & Development 42nd Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Virtual robot and virtual environments for cognitive skills assessment.
Encarnação, P., Piedade, G., Cook, A., Adams, K., Gil, I., Maya, C., . . . Rodrigues, S. (2011). Virtual robot and virtual environments for cognitive skills assessment. Paper presented at the 11th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Using Lego robots to estimate cognitive ability in children who have severe physical disabilities.
Cook, A., Adams, K., Volden, J., Harbottle, N., & Harbottle, C. (2011). Using Lego robots to estimate cognitive ability in children who have severe physical disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6(4), 338-346.

Robot Skills and Cognitive Performance of Preschool Children.
Poletz, L., Encarnação, P., Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2010). Robot Skills and Cognitive Performance of Preschool Children. Technology and Disability, 22(3), 117-126.

The Effect of Robotic Intervention on the Imitation Skills of a Child with Autism: a Case Study.
Dreyden, T., Encarnação, P., Adams, K., Volden, J., & Cook, A. (2010). The Effect of Robotic Intervention on the Imitation Skills of a Child with Autism: a Case Study. Paper presented at the 14th ISAAC 2010 Conference, International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Barcelona, Spain.

Playing with Language: AAC and robots.
Cook, A. M., & Adams, K. A. (2010). Playing with Language: AAC and robots. Paper presented at the Ii Congreso Internacional de Fonoaudiologia, Bogotá, Colombia.

Robots: assistive technologies for play, learning and cognitive development.
Cook, A., Encarnação, P., & Adams, K. (2010). Robots: assistive technologies for play, learning and cognitive development. Technology and Disability, 22(3), 127-145.

The Importance of Play:  AT for Children with Disabilities
Cook, A. M., & Adams, K. (2010). The Importance of Play:  AT for Children with Disabilities. In M. M. K. Oishi, I. M. Mitchell, & H. F. M. Van der Loos (Eds.), Design and Use of Assistive Technology: Social, Technical, Ethical, and Economic Challenges (pp. 33-39). New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

Robot Skills of Preschool Children.
Poletz, L., Encarnacao, P., Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2009). Robot Skills of Preschool Children. Paper presented at the RESNA Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Robot-enhanced Phonological Awareness Intervention for a Child with Cerebral Palsy.
Cook, A. M., Schneider, P., Stokes, P., & Lockhart, A. (2008). Robot-enhanced Phonological Awareness Intervention for a Child with Cerebral Palsy. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication – 13th Biennial ISAAC Conference, Montreal.

Using Lego Robots to Estimate Cognitive Ability in Children who have Severe Disabilities.
Cook, A. M., Adams, K., Harbottle, N., & Harbottle, C. (2007). Using Lego Robots to Estimate Cognitive Ability in Children who have Severe Disabilities. Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies, State-of-the-Science Conference, Denver, CO.

Lego Robot Use By Children With Severe Disabilities.
Cook, A. M., Adams, K. D., & Harbottle, N. (2007). Lego Robot Use By Children With Severe Disabilities. Paper presented at the CSUN Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, Los Angeles, California.

Robot Assisted Play for Children with Disabilities.
Schulmeister, J., Wiberg, C., Adams, K., Harbottle, N., & Cook, A. M. (2006). Robot Assisted Play for Children with Disabilities. Paper presented at the RESNA Conference, Atlanta, GA.

School-Based Use of a Robotic Arm System by Children With Disabilities.
Cook, A. M., Bentz, B., Harbottle, N., Lynch, C., & Miller, B. (2005). School-Based Use of a Robotic Arm System by Children With Disabilities. IEEE  Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 13(4), 452-460.

 


Children’s Development -  Using Robots for Academics

Adams K, Cook A. (2016). Performing mathematics activities with non-standard units of measurement using robots controlled via speech generating devices: Three case studies. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Early On-line. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2016.1151954.

Encarnação P, Leite T, Nunes C, Nunes da Ponte M, Adams K, Cook A, Caiado A, Pereira J, Piedade G, Ribeiro M. (2016). Using assistive robots to promote inclusive education. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology (Early On-line). doi: 10.3109/17483107.2016.1167970.

Adams, K., Commandeur, D., David, B.-L., Tuck, C., & Loshny, K. (2016, August). Language use during mathematics activities: differences between directing and doing activities using a robot. Paper presented at the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference, Toronto, ON. (Poster presentation)

Encarnação, P., Adams, K., Cook, A., Nunes da Ponte, M., Caiado, A., Leite, T.,… Silva, M. (2015, June 10-14). Using assistive robots to promote inclusive education – first user trials. Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO. (Podium presentation)

Adams K, and Cook A. (2015). Using robots in “Hands-on” academic activities: a case study examining speech-generating device use and required skills. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Published Online Dec 8, 2014. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2014.986224

Cultural issues in implementing an integrated augmentative communication and manipulation assistive technology for academic activities.
Encarnação, P., Adams, K., Cook, A., Nunes da Ponte, M., Caiado, A., Leite, T., . . . Londral, A. (2014). Cultural issues in implementing an integrated augmentative communication and manipulation assistive technology for academic activities. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Lisbon, Portugal.

Training on the use of an integrated augmentative manipulation and communication assistive technology for academic activities.
Encarnação, P., Adams, K., Cook, A., Nunes da Ponte, M., Caiado, A., Leite, T., . . . Londral, A. (2014, November 24, 2014). Training on the use of an integrated augmentative manipulation and communication assistive technology for academic activities. Paper presented at the RAatE 2014 – Recent Advances in Assistive Technology & Engineering, Birmingham.

Access to hands-on mathematics measurement activities using robots controlled via speech generating devices: Three case studies.
Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2014). Access to hands-on mathematics measurement activities using robots controlled via speech generating devices: Three case studies. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9(4), 286-298. doi:10.3109/17483107.2013.825928

Programming and controlling robots using scanning on a speech generating communication device: A case study.
Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2013). Programming and controlling robots using scanning on a speech generating communication device: A case study. Technology and Disability, 25, 275–286.

Making Hands-on Activities for Everyone:  Math and the Lego Mindstorms Robot.
Adams, K., & David, B.-L. (2013). Making Hands-on Activities for Everyone:  Math and the Lego Mindstorms Robot. Retrieved from Edmonton, Alberta:

Methods of manipulation for children with severe disabilities to do hands-on math activities: Robot, Directing, Guiding.
Adams, K., & David, B.-L. (2013, June 21 to 24). Methods of manipulation for children with severe disabilities to do hands-on math activities: Robot, Directing, Guiding. Paper presented at the RESNA Conference, Bellevue, WA.

Demonstrating and explaining math concepts using integrated communication and robot control
Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2012). Demonstrating and explaining math concepts using integrated communication and robot control Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), Pittsburgh, PA.

Limits and User Satisfaction of Using Low-Cost Robots for Math Measurement Activities.
Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2012). Limits and User Satisfaction of Using Low-Cost Robots for Math Measurement Activities. Paper presented at the RESNA, Baltimore, MD.

Access to math activities for children with disabilities by controlling lego robots via augmentative communication devices.
Adams, K. (2011). Access to math activities for children with disabilities by controlling lego robots via augmentative communication devices. (PhD in Rehabilitation Science), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Retrieved from https://era.library.ualberta.ca/public/view/item/uuid:6cf26ce8-1fb6-4cdf-ac7e-0e184b690eda

Involving Users in the Design of a Speech Generating Device Interface for Lego Robot Control
Adams, K. (2011). Involving Users in the Design of a Speech Generating Device Interface for Lego Robot Control Paper presented at the Annual RESNA Conference, Toronto, ON.

Measuring user accuracy and speed with scanning access on dynamic display speech generating devices
Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2010). Measuring user accuracy and speed with scanning access on dynamic display speech generating devices Paper presented at the 14th International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Using an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device to Program and Control Lego Robots
Adams, K. D., & Cook, A. (2009). Using an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device to Program and Control Lego Robots Paper presented at the RESNA Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Lego Robot Control via a Speech Generating Communication Device for Operational and Communicative Goals.
Adams, K. D., Yantha, J., & Cook, A. M. (2008). Lego Robot Control via a Speech Generating Communication Device for Operational and Communicative Goals. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication – 13th Biennial ISAAC Conference Montreal, QC.

Lego Robot Control via a Speech Generating Communication Device for Play and Educational Activities.
Adams, K., Yantha, J., & Cook, A. (2008). Lego Robot Control via a Speech Generating Communication Device for Play and Educational Activities. Paper presented at the RESNA Conference, Washington, DC.

 


Robots and Assistive Technology Development

Sakamaki, I., Adams, K., Gomez, M., Castanellos, J., Tavakoli, M., & Jafari, N. (Accepted for publication). Design and preliminary testing of a haptics-assisted robot platform for play by children with physical impairments. Assistive Technology.

Jafari, N., Adams, K., Tavakoli, M., & Weibe, S. (In review). Development of an Assistive Robotic System with Virtual Assistance to Enhance Play for Children with Disabilities: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering (JMBE)

Jafari, N., Adams, K., & Tavakoli, M. (In press). Haptics to improve task performance in people with disabilities: A review of previous studies and a guide to future research with children with disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Engineering.

Atashzar F, Jafari N, Shahbazi M, Janz H, Tavakoli M, Patel R, Adams K. (In press). Telerobotics-assisted Platform for Enhancing Interaction with Physical Environments for People Living with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Medical Robotics Research – Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics.
* PhD student from University of Western Ontario, doing research placement at UofA. I supervised this student project. Supervising author is last author in this publication.

Rios, A. M., Adams, K., Magill-Evans, J., & Cook, A. (2016). Playfulness in Children with Limited Motor Abilities When Using a Robot. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (IPOP). doi:10.3109/01942638.2015.1076559

Jafari, N., Adams, K., & Tavakoli, M. (2015, June). Haptic telerobotics: application to assistive technology for children with disabilities. Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO. (Podium presentation)

Development of an Interface for Integration of Communication and Robotic Play.
Corrigan, M., Adams, K., & Cook, A. M. (2007). Development of an Interface for Integration of Communication and Robotic Play. Paper presented at the RESNA Conference Proceedings, Pheonix, AZ.

Interface design with integrated communication and robotic manipulation to encourage play.
Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2014). Interface design with integrated communication and robotic manipulation to encourage play. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Lisbon, Portugal.

Virtual Assistive Robots for Play, Learning, and Cognitive Development.
Wang, M., Adams, K., Encarnação, P., & Cook, A. (2011). Virtual Assistive Robots for Play, Learning, and Cognitive Development. Paper presented at the RESNA Toronto, ON.

 


Assistive Technology Clinical Research

MacDonald, J., Adams, K., & Pollock, K. (2016, August). Linguistic competence and AAC: Developing a mentoring program to provide an increased number of functional opportunities to communicate. Paper presented at the International Society of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC), Toronto, ON. (Podium presentation)

Tate, A., Wilson, R., Adams, K., MacDonald, J., & Wyness, S. (2016, August). Building an Effective Mentorship Program for Adolescents and Young Adults who use Augmentative & Alternative Communication in Alberta, Canada. Paper presented at the International Society of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC), Toronto, ON. (Poster presentation)

Learning Switch Scanning Skills by Playing with Robots.
Adams, K., Rios, A., Encarnacao, P., Piedade, G., Helmbold, B., & Tuck, C. (2013). Learning Switch Scanning Skills by Playing with Robots. Paper presented at the 12th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology (AAATE), Algarve, Portugal.

A Training Protocol for Controlling Lego Robots via Speech Generating Devices.
Adams, K., & Encarnação, P. (2011). A Training Protocol for Controlling Lego Robots via Speech Generating Devices. Paper presented at the 11th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

“I tell you a story”: Using narrative re-tell to assess AAC competencies.
Adams, K., Helmbold, B., & Lucky, K. (2010). “I tell you a story”: Using narrative re-tell to assess AAC competencies. Paper presented at the 14th International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

 


Internationally Appropriate Assistive Technology

The use of mainstream information and communication technology as assistive technology in lower-income countries
Barlott, T., Adams, K., & Cook, A. (2015). The use of mainstream information and communication technology as assistive technology in lower-income countries. Universal Access in the Information Society.

Using SMS as a tool to reduce exclusions experienced by caregivers of people with disabilities in a resource-limited Colombian community.
Barlott, T., Adams, K., Rodriguez, F., & Mendoza, M. (2015). Using SMS as a tool to reduce exclusions experienced by caregivers of people with disabilities in a resource-limited Colombian community. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology – Special Issue on Assistive Technology in Resource Limited Environments.

An international collaboration to address the needs of an under-resourced community in Colombia using mobile phones.
Barlott, T. & Guevara, J.D. (2011). An international collaboration to address the needs of an under-resourced community in Colombia using mobile phones. Occupational Therapy 24 Hour Virtual Exchange (OT24VX 2011).

 


Assistive Technology, Disability and Ethics

Ethical Issues Related to the Use/Non-Use of Assistive Technologies.
Cook, A.M. (2009). Ethical Issues Related to the Use/Non-Use of Assistive Technologies. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 37 (1, 2), 127-152.

 


Textbooks and Chapters

Adams, K. D., Alvarez, L., & Rios-Rincon, A. M. (In press). Robotic systems for augmentative manipulation to promote cognitive development, play, and education. In A. Cook & P. Encarnação (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation Robots. Novato, CA: CRC Press.

Essentials of Assistive Technologies
Cook, A. and Polgar, J. M. (2012). Essentials of Assistive Technologies, St. Louis, Mosby/Elsevier.

Cook & Hussey’s Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice
Cook, A. and Polgar, J. M. (2008). Cook & Hussey’s Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition, St Louis, Mosby/Elsevier.