According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 out of every 68 school-age child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (CDC, 2016). In the United States, more than 3.5 million American live with this disorder (Buescher et al, 2014). Developing effective treatments is difficult because there are many variations within ASD. Only limited interventions exist because it takes various resources and significant amounts of funding to construct an effective, individualised treatment.
Technology has great potential to provide diverse solutions and opportunities related to autism. In particular, it has been observed that autistic children especially relate well to technology, such as virtual reality.
This article explores whether virtual reality and augmented reality are effective tools in helping children with autism improve their troubles with communication, attention, or social interaction.