Tag Archives: learning disabilities

Virtual reality room is helping people with autism overcome crippling phobias – Dr Morag Maskey (video)


“Newcastle University’s Blue Room is being used to enable people with autism to experience the thing that terrifies them in a safe environment.

Experiences include crossing a bridge and talking to a shop assistant.

Using the technology, eight out of nine children were able to tackle the situation they feared and four were cured of their phobias completely.

As well as the room with screens, relaxation techniques and guidance from a psychologist were used in the treatment.”

By Sarah Griffiths at Daily Mail

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2678267/From-scaling-heights-going-shopping-virtual-reality-room-helping-people-autism-overcome-crippling-phobias.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

More info: Plos One – Reducing Specific Phobia/Fear in Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) through a Virtual Reality Environment Intervention http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/asset?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0100374.PDF

Virtual Reality Simulates Social Interactions in Autism Research

“The scientific team at the Center for BrainHealth is partnering with researchers at Yale’s Child Study Center to test the feasibility of providing the research-based training program to young adults across the country. A person with autism can use the technology to “practice” and hone their skills initiating a conversation with a person they would like to meet, interviewing for a job, or standing up for themselves by confronting a friend or colleague. Practicing social interaction in a safe, non-threatening, gaming environment helps people reduce anxiety and gain the confidence and skills they need to attempt more social interactions in their daily lives.”

By Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman from the Center for BrainHealth writing in the Huffington Post.

Read more at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sandra-bond-chapman/autism-research_b_5077624.html

Virtual reality environment helps treat offenders (BBC News) Dr. Peter Langdon (UEA)

“Offenders with psychological and behavioural problems are to be treated with a new virtual reality system, which puts them through a range of challenging scenarios, in a safe environment.

The system, called Pisces, has been designed by a virtual reality company called Xenodu from Hertfordshire, in conjunction with the medical school at Norwich’s University of East Anglia.

It is about to be used at the Broadland Clinic, a secure unit for up to 24 patients, near Norwich.”

BBC Look East’s Ian Barmer reports.

Virtual reality environment helps treat offenders


Virtual answer for the socially anxious (ITV News) Dr. Peter Langdon (UEA)

“Virtual reality technology allowing people to watch themselves in simulated social situations could help combat anxiety problems. The imaging gizmo invented by a company in Elstree in Hertfordshire is being trialled at an inpatient mental health clinic near Norwich.”

ITV’s Natalie Gray reports.

Virtual answer for the socially anxious