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Autistic children face their fears in a virtual world (Saturday’s Times, p36)

Further coverage of the Blue Room, a unique immersive virtual reality which helps children with autism overcome their fears and phobias and is being offered on the NHS.

Individuals on the autism spectrum are particularly vulnerable to developing high anxiety, including specific fears and phobias. Researchers in the Institute of Neuroscience and Institute of Health and Society have worked with a local company Third Eye to develop an approach to therapy for fears and phobias using a virtual reality immersive environment and cognitive behaviour therapy. 

Following a successful development study, the researchers have conducted a randomised controlled trial, and now the therapy is available through the NHS.

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published on: 7 March 2017