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Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other anxiety conditions are finding real solutions in a virtual world (incl. video)

Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other anxiety conditions are finding real solutions in a virtual world.

Stéphane Bouchard, Canada Research Chair in clinical cyberpsychology has demonstrated how a virtual tour of an animated space can help people battle their personal demons.

Afraid of spiders?

Virtual reality therapy allows patients to confront spiders, a bit at a time, with visuals so real in a three-dimensional, computer-simulated environment as to evoke the same emotions as the real thing.”

By Wayne Scanlan at Ottawa Citizen

Image and video by Errol McGihon

Read more: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/virtual-reality-therapy-treats-anxiety-with-a-dose-of-virtual-demons

How VR is Helping Children With Autism Navigate the World Around Them (incl. video)

“VR is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children as a pivotal therapy tool to help those with autism to better communicate and connect with their family, friends, and the world around them.

Dr. Patrick Bordnick, dean and professor at Tulane School of Social Work came up with VR- Project Delta or VR-Δ, a virtual reality app that helps patients prevent drug and alcohol relapse by practicing self-control and awareness skills in realistic simulations where drugs and alcohol are present.

Dr. Bordnick has also created the app named VR-qualis est vita for kids and adults with autism. This app places participants in a realistic environment to help them learn communication, social skills, and how to interact within the home, school, and other environments.”

By Juanita Leatham at VR Fitness Insider

Image & Video: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Read more: https://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/how-vr-is-helping-children-with-autism-navigate-the-world-around-them/

Virtual reality for therapy: Ground breaking technologies for treating mental illness (incl. video)

“VR has been known to make groundbreaking changes to the education and gaming industry. Some of its contributions are to the fields of therapy and psychological research.

Researchers, psychologists, scientists and designers alike all work together to create VR technology to treat mental illness.

Two of the most common VR applications in treating mental illnesses are exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.”

By Jeannie Lo at ScadConnector

Video and Image by BBC

Read More: https://scadconnector.com/2018/05/25/virtual-reality-for-therapy-ground-breaking-technologies-for-treating-mental-illness/

Virtual Learning Enhances Neural Health In Adults With Autism (incl. video)

“A clinician-driven virtual learning platform, tailored to young adults on the autism spectrum, results in improved social competency, a pilot study shows.

The findings, from researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, in collaboration with co-leading authors at George Washington University and Yale, reveal that increases in socio-emotional and socio-cognitive abilities correlate with brain change.

Results included increased activation in the right posterior superior temporal sulcus, the brain’s socio-cognition hub, with gains linked to improvement on an empathy measure.”

by Dan Modano, Reliawire

Image: Reliawire

Read more: https://reliawire.com/virtual-learning-autism-cognition/

Researchers are using VR to help teachers understand autism (incl. video)

“Researchers [at the University of Malta] are using VR as an empathy tool to help neurotypical teachers understand their students with autism.

The researchers created a VR application that would help replicate the experience of an autistic child in their classroom, by the use of audio and visual tricks.

The person from whose perspective the film is shot sometimes doesn’t fully process stimuli, and a sense of distress is conveyed by a blurring of peripheral vision.”

By Rachel Kaser at The Next Web

Image: University of Malta

Read more: https://thenextweb.com/virtual-reality/2018/04/05/researchers-using-vr-help-teachers-understand-autism/

How virtual reality is transforming nursing and midwifery learning (incl. video)

“The University of Newcastle (Australia) is using virtual and augmented reality technologies to transform how nursing and midwifery trainees learn.

Under the university’s ‘Road to Birth’ pilot project, students at Newcastle University’s School of Nursing & Midwifery … are being guided visually through the internal stages of childbearing.

It is designed for use as an adjunct to the current pedagogical approaches to teaching.”

By Byron Connolly, CIO Australia

Image: University of Newcastle

Read more: https://www.cio.com.au/article/634416/how-virtual-reality-transforming-learning-university-newcastle/

Virtual Reality training puts adopters, foster carers and social workers into the mind of an abused child (incl. video)

“You could be forgiven for thinking that after adopting nine children over the past 27 years, Sue Clifford has seen it all in terms of training for working with vulnerable young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.

But she had never tried Virtual Reality until a new Restorative Caring pilot by the Cornerstone Project was launched.

The pilot programme, currently in its first wave of partnerships, puts adopters like Sue and foster carers and social workers in the mind of a child as they experience abuse and neglect.

She says she found the experience invaluable when going forward with her children.”

By Luke Stevenson, Community Care

Image: Cornerstone

Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2018/02/08/virtual-reality-can-help-give-social-workers-adopters-carers-new-insight-child-abuse/

Virtual reality therapy provides medical treatment alternative (incl. video)

“Phobias, those extreme or irrational fears people have of maybe heights, or spiders, can make normal life difficult for many sufferers.

But in Mexico, one student engineer has come up with an innovative way to treat patients’ conditions, using Virtual Reality (VR) technology to gradually expose them to their fears.

The VR technology reflects the reality that a patient is afraid of.

Fear of the dark is treated by gradually fading light within the headset, while patients with a fear of heights experience the simulation of gradually ascending from a virtual ground level.”

By Alasdair Baverstock, CGTN America

Read more: https://america.cgtn.com/2018/01/25/virtual-reality-therapy-provides-medical-treatment-alternative

Dementia patients use virtual reality to relive famous 1950s moment (incl. video)

“A virtual reality project is helping elderly people with dementia by recreating moments from the 1950s.

Care home residents in Surrey have been using cardboard headsets to watch a 360-degree video immersing them in the Queen’s Coronation Day celebrations from 1953.

Anyone can experience ‘The Wayback’ film for free using a phone and a cardboard headset.”

By Gemma Evans, Sky News

Image: The Wayback and Sky News

Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/dementia-patients-use-virtual-reality-to-relive-famous-1950s-moment-11212972

Link to The Wayback project: http://thewaybackvr.com

How virtual reality therapy is treating pain in West Sussex (video)

“Horsham District Council is the first council in the UK to introduce a new form of virtual reality therapy for those with long term medical conditions. The council’s Community Link team is championing a virtual reality experience for the benefit of people with dementia and those living with long term medical conditions.

The therapy is based on the use of a headset which creates a virtual reality environment for users, helping them become immersed within a variety of different scenes.

Chosen scenes include experiences such as starlit skies, forests full of animals, dolphins swimming and nostalgic “days out” to beaches with the sound of the sea lapping on the shore.”

By Spirit FM

Image: Tribemix/ImmersiCare

Read more: https://www.spiritfm.net/news/sussex-news/2447092/watch-how-virtual-reality-therapy-is-treating-pain-in-west-sussex/