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

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“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