Title: School-based Virtual Reality Room for Students With Severe and Complex Learning Difficulties to Reduce Anxiety Levels and Develop Social Skills
Stream: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ange Anderson, SEN Advisor, United Kingdom
I was, until just before the pandemic a special school headteacher of students aged from 2 to 11 primarily with profound, complex, or severe learning difficulties. Many of the students had a secondary diagnosis of autism. In fact, 70 % of the 104 students at the school were diagnosed with autism. A major concern for us was how we could enable our students to be in the right frame of mind in order to learn.
Parents and staff were troubled by behaviours brought about by students' anxieties, lack of social skills and mental health problems.
We wanted to: 1) develop personalised therapies that improved the quality of life for each person with a learning difference 2) find ways to improve mental and physical health in children with learning differences
The aim of this paper is to show how a school-based virtual reality room addressed some of these issues for thirty students aged between 7 and 11.
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