Using virtual reality with autistic pupils

Dr Nigel Newbutt is a senior researcher at the University of the West of England in the fields of autism, technology and education. His work has recently identified opportunities for working with virtual reality and head-mounted displays used by autistic groups.

Nigel has written a short guide for education staff on how to use virtual reality head mounted displays (VR-HMD) technologies with autistic pupils.

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In the guide Nigel explores the two main options for VR-HMD; HTC Vive and cardboard VR with a smartphone/device. Focussing on the cardboard VR option, he then offers some guidance on using this technology with autistic pupils and recommends some content for both cardboard and HTC Vive VR devices.

Nigel outlines advantages and disadvantages of both options, before focussing on the cardboard VR-HMD and offering guidance on how to set it up and use it with pupils. He also outlines apps and content to use with both the cardboard and HTC Vive options.

Date added: 19 November 2018



Julian Williams

Thu, 29/11/2018 - 20:09

A wireless attachment is now available to purchase for the HTC Vive which is very good. It's well balanced and easy to fit. The headset still works with the two basestations but being wireless the user has far less restricted movement when moving around in a larger play area.

Julian Williams, Autism Anglia, Jigsaw Day Opportunities Centre.