Company Looks To Use Virtual Reality To Help Children With Autism Navigate The World.

June 14, 2022

The New York Times (6/14, Nagesh) reports on Vijay Ravindran, who has a son with autism, and “started a company called Floreo, which is developing virtual reality lessons designed to help behavioral therapists, speech therapists, special educators and parents who work with autistic children.” The Times says, “The idea of using virtual reality to help autistic people has been around for some time, but Mr. Ravindran said the widespread availability of commercial virtual reality headsets since 2015 had enabled research and commercial deployment at much larger scale.” Floreo “has developed almost 200 virtual reality lessons that are designed to help children build social skills and train for real world experiences like crossing the street or choosing where to sit in the school cafeteria.” In 2017, the company “secured a $2 million fast track grant from the National Institutes of Health.”

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