Helping children with intellectual disabilities develop real-world life skills in virtual reality
Mr Stefan Michalski [Early Career Researcher]
Improving children’s mental health and the impact of developmental disorders
University of South Australia
Learning life skills is challenging. This is particularly true for children with intellectual disabilities (ID). Mastering life skills builds confidence, self-esteem and independence. It is therefore critical to find effective ways for training essential life skills such as cooking, shopping and housekeeping. We know that hands-on learning yields better outcomes than traditional school-based learning in children with ID. Yet, the time, logistics and resources to provide hands-on training are often limited. Virtual reality (VR) may offer a powerful solution for children with ID to practice essential life skills in a safe environment that simulates real-world scenarios.