BehaviorMe is using virtual reality to enhance behavior therapy for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s started by four people including two therapy practioners with fifteen years of experience working with clients diagnosed with ASD as well as two recent graduates studying behavioral analytics. They’re using the Oculus Go to do virtual skills training using evidenced-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques within safe virtual environments that include fire drills, crossing the street, being lost at a park, and waiting in lines. They’re also creating experiences to help train the staff who will be working with people diagnosed with ASD.
I had a chance to talk with co-founders Annie Escalante and Andy Chávez at the SXSW Festival after they had participated in the XR start-up pitch competition where we talked about their journey of starting BehaviorMe, and how they’re using behavioral analysis for virtual skills training. They building a future where you’ll eventually be able to create training scenarios to be able to help children learn social skills or in other areas where they have a deficit.
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