Virtual reality scenarios may help autistic patients cope with their fears
Immersive virtual reality to treat autism phobias - latest science news in brief

Immersive virtual reality (VR) can help children with autism to overcome their phobias, according to a new research study. Scientists created a special room for VR experiences, which requires no googles, to allow patients to investigate various scenarios with the help of a therapist.

In a randomized controlled trial, 32 children with autism received treatment for phobias using the VR system. According to the authors, 40% of children showed improvements 2 weeks later and 45% after six months.

In a separate study, the VR room was also used for adults with autism. Although this study only tested on eight adults, five of them reported improved symptoms six months after the therapy.

Read the full story: Newcastle University
Scientific publication: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders