Enhancing an Autistic Child’s Daily Reality Using Virtual Reality: The Benefits of Incorporating Virtual Reality in Occupational Therapy
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Autism spectrum disorder can drastically affect the social skills of people. There are several standard treatment methods used in the clinical setting of occupational therapy. Interestingly, there is potential for occupational therapists to use virtual reality as a treatment method to improve the social skills of patients with autism. Researchers are trying to find the most effective way to help children and adults improve their social skills. Unfortunately, most occupational therapists lack knowledge, resources, and training in order to adopt virtual reality into practice. A new form of therapy requires education and financial investment. This research will provide information related to helping children with autism improve their social skills; current treatments for patients with autism; and examinations of recent studies involving virtual reality. This research may be beneficial to parents of children with autism, individuals working in healthcare, people who are interested in the topic, or interested in entering a field that works with children who have autism, such as teachers, teacher assistants, and counselors.