Cognitive and communicative deficits are experienced by individuals with dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and developmental disabilities. Skilled speech therapy services are required for these individuals’ experiencing impairments in communication, memory, problem-solving, and processing. Treatment targets may vary including communication, attention, focus, orientation, word retrieval, and executive functioning. Treatment tasks must be personalized and purposeful to provide the most functional therapy possible. Virtual reality (VR) has been proposed as a means to provide these services for individuals to promote independence in their environment, and in turn, more functional success in real life. VR is the “use of interactive simulations created with computer hardware and software to present users with opportunities to engage in environment that appear and feel similar to real-world objects and events.” This session will provide an overview of VR and its effects on cognitive and communicative impairments in adults.
Virtual Reality, VR, Cognitive impairments, Communication impairments, Adults, Dementia, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
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Hicks, Aubrey, "Using Virtual Reality to Treat Cognitive & Communication Impairments in Adults" (2023). 2023 SLP Posters. 24.
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