A team of researchers developed a novel method to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using virtual reality. The team proposed VR-based solutions that can help ASD sufferers in common functioning such as navigation of air travel. In addition, the researchers claim performing several other important functions with the help of the new technology. Virtual reality interventions have played a crucial role in facilitating several tasks across multiple industries. Meanwhile, the relevance of VR solutions in healthcare is amongst the most interesting areas of research. The findings and assertions of the researchers are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking journal. The article is titled “Virtual Reality Air Travel Training with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Preliminary Report”.
Training via Virtual Reality Experiences
The researchers focused on delivering a virtual reality experience of air travel to children with ASD. Furthermore, they delivered such an intervention once in a week for three weeks. In the fourth week, real-world experience of air travel given to children with visit to an actual airport. The research, along with the parents, observed improvements in the cognitive abilities of children in the fourth week. Besides, the children were also able to navigate through the various checkpoints across the real-world airport. Meanwhile, previous research lines suggest cognitive improvements in individuals exposed to multimedia training modes.
Scope for Future Research
Use of video and virtual reality has been an important part of vocational training for individuals with ASD. Virtual reality tools help in reducing the stigma associated with the autism spectrum disorder. Some of the key areas of application of virtual reality techniques are in diagnosing and controlling sensory overload symptoms. The research opens new avenues for treatment for autistic individuals.