What is the role of visual-haptic interventions in the diagnosis of autism?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Morris Steffin, MD; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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VR poses a major advantage in presenting cognitive material in this setting with attainable high levels of immersion. Although fostering initial acceptance of the head-mounted display and the VR environment may be difficult, in most cases this can be achieved fairly rapidly.

Because environmental features within the VR setting are vivid and entirely controllable by the therapist, and because nonverbal feedback from the patient can be made a central feature of the desired response, VR appears to be capable of eliciting demonstrable improvement in reaction patterns to external stimuli in patients with autism. ERPs show some promise for both autism and learning disabilities as an objective measure of cognitive processing in response to VR stimulus patterns.

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