The following identifies a key opportunity related to Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) and emerging technology. SLP resources are in short supply in schools and hospitals, despite rising demand. And while there is a continued effort to try to educate and expand the workforce with qualified SLPs, that is time consuming, costly, and currently not keeping up with the pace of demand.
Virtual Reality is showing potential to positively impact those with speech disorders related to autism and aphasia. Rapid changes in the VR space (devices, content production, cost) present a significant opportunity to overcome current obstacles related to speech and language pathology. This includes better facilitation of neuroplasticity, access to service, scalability and potentially better recovery outcomes for people suffering from these speech disorders.
Prudent school boards and health care organizations need to at least be aware of the possibilities are on the horizon related to VR and speech and language pathology. And at best take advantage of the potential to develop effective research environments and programs for those with autism and aphasia, in the near term.
Review the entire report: Speech + Language Pathology Using Virtual Reality