Autism and virtual reality head-mounted displays: A state of the art systematic review

Bradley, R. and Newbutt, N. (2018) Autism and virtual reality head-mounted displays: A state of the art systematic review. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 12 (3). pp. 101-113. ISSN 2398-6263 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/35706

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The use of virtual reality (VR) technologies in the education of autistic children has been a focus of research for over two decades. It is argued that this form of technology can provide authentic ‘real world’ contexts that target social and life skills training in safe, controllable and repeatable virtual environments (VE). The development of affordable VR Head-mounted displays (HMD), such as Google cardboard and Oculus Rift, has seen a renewed interest in their use for a wide range of applications, including educating and teaching of autistic individuals. A systematic search of electronic databases focusing on empirical studies on the use of VR-HMD for children and adults on the autism spectrum was undertaken. A review of the literature identified a limited number of studies in this field characterised by differences in the type of application, technology used and participant characteristics. Whilst there are some grounds for optimism, more research is needed on the use of this technology within educational settings to ensure robust recommendations can be made on the implementation, use and sustainability of this approach. This paper is the first to consider the evidence-base for the use of VR-HMD technology to support the needs of the autistic population.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author’s accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here: https://doi.org/10.1108/JET-01-2018-0004
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual Reality, Autism, Education, Head-Mounted Display
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Education and Childhood
Depositing User: Dr N. Newbutt
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 09:51
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2019 11:48
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/35706

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