Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Communication Disability and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: a Systematic Review

Benjamin Bailey, Lucy Bryant, Bronwyn Hemsley

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Abstract

This review investigated virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) communication interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with communication disability and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well the feasibility of these technologies. A search of five scientific databases yielded 5385 potentially relevant records of which 69 met inclusion criteria. Studies reported on a wide range of VR/AR devices, platforms, and applications for people with autism spectrum disorder, communication disorders, and intellectual disability. Some VR/AR systems hosted effective communication interventions; however, participant outcomes varied across the included studies. Most participants with neurodevelopmental disorders and their supporters were able to access learning experiences using VR/AR and few adverse effects were reported. Directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date9 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Communication disability
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Virtual reality

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