Virtual Reality in Special Education

Virtual reality. The wave of the future. Sci-fi stuff, right?

Ready to grab your hoverboard and meet me for lunch at our favorite cafe?

Not so fast, Marty McFly. The future is already here. 

I recently sat down with Vijay, the pioneer behind Floreo, a virtual reality platform changing the game for helping students reach some of the most challenging IEP goals.

After seeing VR help his son expand his play skills, Vijay realized VR could be an immersive playground for neurodiverse kids to level up real-world skills. 

Vijay knew immediately that he wanted to make VR accessible to as many families and schools as possible. So Floreo works its magic through affordable VR goggles and iPhones. There are a few other ways to access it, too, but Vijay does a better job than me explaining all the techy details. You can listen to the podcast or watch the video to hear directly from Vijay.

With Floreo, students can repeatedly practice tricky situations in a safe simulation. Crossing the street or starting a conversation can both be scary. Mistakes aren't met with fears and tears, but with encouragement to try again.

The future is now, and VR is definitely a part of expanding what is possible to reach IEP goals in creative ways. Over 50 school districts are using Floreo and countless families are bringing VR into their homes. 

Inside Master IEP Coach® programs I’m always preaching about how it’s all our responsibility to get Special Education unstuck from out-of-date methodologies and utilize resources that can help all children leap forward to the future. That includes finding new pathways, like Floreo, who is leading the charge in bringing together VR and Special Education in a whole new way.

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