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Blue room treatment available on the NHS

A therapy which uses virtual reality to help children with autism overcome phobias can now be offered by the NHS

The Blue Room project led by Dr Jeremy Parr is a treatment for children with autism to help overcome specific fears or phobias the child may have. It uses a virtual reality environment so children can be introduced to things that elicit fear in a controlled safe way.

The treatment showed promising results when tested in a pilot group as reported in the journal PLOS one in 2014. Following further work the treatment can now be offered by NHS trusts. The technology was developed in association with ThirdEye technologies based in Consett, County Durham.

You can read the full press release on the University press office page. You can read more about the Blue Room project on our research pages.

published on: 13 February 2017