Technology Improves Social Skills in Kids with Autism

Therapies and Resources for Children with Autism & Families

Technology is currently at the forefront of helping kids with autism to develop better social skills.  A study just completed where kids spent an hour a week using virtual reality is showing help for children with autism in assisting them with their facial expressions and interaction with others.  The technology has been called Virtual Reality Social Cognition Training and features:

  • The ability for a therapist and other “people” to interact with the individuals.  Using a virtual reality construct, the person using the therapy is presented with their therapist as well as other people and a problem to solve.  This allows the individual receiving the therapy to work in a group in a way that is non-threatening and helpful.
  • There is a purpose.  During the therapy session, the individual is challenged with a situation.  This could be everything from explaining their view on an issue without offending anyone to practicing how to meet someone for the first time, apply for a job or other social skills.  The virtual therapist works with them to understand the nature of the social skill they will be developing.
  • The research indicates that virtual technology does make a difference.  When tested after virtual reality treatments, individuals with autism are showing that their brains are reacting in a positive way.  Areas of the brain that had not been highlighted during social interactions were shown to respond after the treatments were complete.
  • Ideal for young adults and those with social skill issues.  For young adults who are trying to land a job or hone their skills, this reality training is ideal.  In the future, additional options for treatment may become available.

For more information on autism therapies, call Peak Potential Therapy today!  Our caring, expert staff will be happy to speak to you about your child’s needs.  Call now!