Virtual Reality Autism Demystification®
Changing the Game for Children with Autism and their Peers
Since 2002, Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society has delivered our ground breaking Autism Demystification® programs to more than 250,000 children and adults. Leveraging our 15+ years of experience, Friend 2 Friend is creating a multi-platform Virtual Reality Autism Demystification® (VRAD) that provides an experiential learning opportunity.
Virtual Reality Autism Demystification® specifically targets the sensory experiences of what it feels like to have autism, while at the same time teaches prosocial communication strategies to enhance social interactions and friendships. The project has a significant impact on the individuals served. The programs promote understanding, acceptance and empathy. They will increase social interactions, play and friendships between individuals with autism and their peers.
The Virtual Reality Autism Demystification® represents a significant step forward from our current delivery methods. The programs provide a powerful learning experience that allows the Society to serve thousands more individuals globally with our unique Autism Demystification® model and programs.
The project offers a virtual foundation for developing social inclusion and friends by offering a multi-sensory experience that provides a visceral reaction to carefully targeted stimuli. Enabling participants to ‘feel’ and empathize with their peers, classmates and siblings on the autism spectrum. The game includes a series of activities that model, label, explain and normalize characteristics of autism. It also teaches prosocial communication strategies to enhance social inclusion and reduce bulling and isolation. The activities and strategies in these programs work together to demystifying the participants.
VRAD is the first of its kind to target the development of social inclusion and friends for individuals with autism.