The Benefits of Virtual Reality for Children with Learning Disabilities
Children with learning disabilities can benefit from technological advances being made, including the use of virtual reality.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality allows the user to explore and interact with a three-dimensional (3-D), computer-simulated environment in a seemingly real or physical way, typically using special electronic equipment.
Individuals wear a head mounted display (HMD) or glasses
Many of the HMDs contain headphones and/or speakers so that the user can receive additional sensory input (audio/video) as part of the virtual experience and use an input device such as a joystick or trackball to move around.
Virtual reality can be viewed as assistive technology, due to its potential to minimize or offset the effects of a disability and provide an alternative means for an individual to accomplish a particular task. For children with disabilities, children are able to explore or create new environments in a manner that allows them to manipulate objects and experience what would normally be difficult or impossible for them to experience in real life.