The number of mental health patients surges every year. Ironical enough – mental health is the most nudged away health disorder. Autism is one so mental impairment which restricts the actions of the human brain.
Autism hit children are often titled as nasty when they show uncanny and indecorous behaviour. But, attention. We need to understand that these kids aren’t being naughty, they are just autistic. They see things differently and they need our immediate help.
Many children are ingrained with autism by birth. The harsh truth is that autism cannot be completely counteracted by mere medication. It only worsens with time with the patient losing the ability to communicate efficiently, dodging socialisation, and facing impediments in carrying out methodical activities. Through forward-looking practices, patients of autism can recover notably.
Whilst computers have been used to help young adults with autism, they haven’t emerged path-breaking. This goes down to the evidence that computers are not self-enabled devices and operating the very task of turning it on can freak out these patients. However, Virtual Reality (VR) treatment for autism has given a new angle to the scenario.
Gaming with the help of Virtual Reality has helped to improve the moods of autistic individuals. It gives them an immersive and safe media in which they can communicate. When Johny, a 13-Year-old teenager was introduced to the autism VR video, he was told that it can help him get over the fear of using the stairs. He’s always had trouble with taking the stairs since he was 4, the age when he developed mild autism which has now transmuted to severe.
In the thief hunting (a virtual reality game for autism) that he plays through VR, comes a stage where he needs to use the stairs to shoot the burglar. On reaching this stage, Johny stopped moving his hands on the joystick because of the obvious suspicion of falling down. His assistant, Rabia, is an autistic therapist. She calmed him down thereby telling that it wasn’t real and he wouldn’t trip.
After multiple persuasions and reiterations of the fact that it was virtual, Johny hit the arrow key which made his graphical Avatar move forward. He walked down the stairs through his Avatar is a few seconds, and immediately removed his headgear. When asked the reason of doing so, he answered, “I was so stunned with facing my fear that couldn’t care more about chasing the person.”
He came out victorious and so do many other people who take weekly VR sessions.
Out of all the people who have used VR, 87% emerged positive after the immersive experience. Virtual reality therapy autism deals with a very tough facet of autism – anxiousness. Through the graphically appealing VR rooms, the autistic people become a part of relaxing environments like green fields, yoga assemblies, sunrise depicting landscapes, etc. These are the locations they can not travel to in their real lives.
Another predicament that autistic adults face is hassles in socialising. They tend to overlook the physical expressions, hand cues and facial gestures shown by others. In virtual reality social skills training, they interact with avatars of different adults. These adults interact through bodily movements but fade away when the autistic person does not show interest. This makes the subject (the autistic) realise the importance of responding.
Autistic persons can also face their fears through VR. In a safe environment, where they know in the subconscious brain that the things aren’t real, the autistic patients gather courage and come over their anxieties. This helps them in decision making and reacting acutely. They become sovereign. They can move when they are ready while being in charge. These small virtual achievements impart to the autistic beings the confidence of doing the same in real life.