The number of mental health patients surges every year. Ironical enough – people often nudge away the mental health disorder. Autism is one so mental impairment which restricts the actions of the human brain. Virtual Reality for Autism is a boon in the world today.
Autism hit children are often titled as misbehaved when they show uncanny and indecorous behaviour. But, attention. We need to understand that these kids aren’t being naughty, they are just autistic. They see things differently and they need our immediate help.
Many children have autism by birth. The harsh truth is we cannot counteract autism by mere medication. It only worsens with time with the patient losing the ability to communicate efficiently, dodging socialization, and facing impediments in carrying out methodical activities. Through forward-looking practices, patients of autism can recover notably.
Virtual Reality Therapy Autism
Whilst computers are used to help young adults with autism, they haven’t emerged path-breaking. This goes down to the evidence that computers are not self-enabled devices and operating the very task of turning it on can freak out these patients. However, Virtual Reality (VR) treatment for autism gave a new angle to the scenario.
Gaming with the help of Virtual Reality has helped to improve the moods of autistic individuals. It gives them an immersive and safe media in which they can communicate. When Johny, a 13-Year-old teenager came to know about the autism VR video, he realized that it can help him get over the fear of using the stairs. He’s always had trouble with taking the stairs since he was 4, the age when he developed mild autism which has now transmuted to severe.
In the thief hunting (a virtual reality game for autism) that he plays through VR, comes a stage where he needs to use the stairs to shoot the burglar. On reaching this stage, Johny stopped moving his hands on the joystick because of the obvious suspicion of falling down. His assistant, Rabia, is an autistic therapist. She calmed him down thereby telling that it wasn’t real and he wouldn’t trip.
After multiple persuasions and reiterations of the fact that it was virtual, Johny hit the arrow key which made his graphical Avatar move forward. He walked down the stairs through his Avatar is a few seconds, and immediately removed his headgear. When asked the reason of doing so, he answered, “I was so stunned with facing my fear that couldn’t care more about chasing the person.”
He came out victorious and so do many other people who take weekly VR sessions.
Virtual Reality Social Skills Training
Another predicament that autistic adults face is hassles in socializing. They tend to overlook the physical expressions, hand cues and facial gestures shown by others. In virtual reality social skills training, they interact with avatars of different adults. These adults interact through bodily movements but fade away when the autistic person does not show interest. Virtual Reality for Autism makes the subject (the autistic) realize the importance of responding.
Out of all the people who have used VR, 87% emerged positive after the immersive experience. Virtual reality therapy autism deals with a very tough facet of autism – anxiousness. Through the graphically appealing VR rooms, the autistic people become a part of relaxing environments like green fields, yoga assemblies, sunrise depicting landscapes, etc. These are the locations they can not travel to in their real lives.
Autistic persons can also face their fears through VR. Also, in a safe environment, where they know in the subconscious brain that the things aren’t real, the autistic patients gather courage and come over their anxieties. This helps them in decision making and reacting acutely. They become sovereign. They can move when they are ready while being in charge. Hence, these small virtual achievements impart to the autistic beings the confidence of doing the same in real life.
Dr. Sana Farid is the Co-Founder and CEO for Munfarid Consulting, Sana is determined to work persistently to enhance the education system thru adapting modern techniques including the use of latest technology. Sana is keen to embed in-depth fervor in learners to excel towards self-reliance and gratification, and become exquisite professionals. An award-winning speaker and trainer, Dr. Sana has been involved with various entities at all levels from strategic alliances to extensive program engagements, helping to build roadmaps and structured educational programs for government, private and corporates. Sana has been conducting workshops since 2016 covering topics such as Virtual Reality Education in Schools, Assistive Technology and Effective use of Virtual Reality for Corporates. She is a native Arab speaker and fluent in English. You can follow her twitter @Drsanafarid