We’re in the game room today talking about teaching social skills through virtual reality. My guest, Vijay Ravindran was inspired by his own son to create a therapeutic virtual reality program dedicated to teaching social skills to those on the autism spectrum, and with related issues.
In this episode you will discover:
- How this autism dad took his son’s love of VR and turned it into an amazing therapy.
- How this program works and why it is more effective than face-to-face teaching.
- The importance of social skills beyond friendships and play dates.
- How teaching social skills can help your child keep themselves safe and interact properly with law enforcement.
- The part of this program Janeen was most excited about! (hint: It involves mindfulness, of course. 😉
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Meet Floreo founder, Vijay Ravindran
Ravindran is the co-founder and CEO of Floreo, a venture-backed start-up developing virtual reality therapy for children with social and communication delays. Ravindran’s career spans digital commerce and news media. He joined Amazon in 1998 when the company sold books and music. He later served as director of the ordering department at Amazon and led the team that launched Amazon Prime. As Chief Digital Officer for The Washington Post Company, he founded WaPo Labs and oversaw the development of over a dozen products in digital news and launched Washington Post Social Reader and Trove, a personalized news web application.
He is an engineering graduate of the University of Virginia and serves on the Board of the Lenfest Institute, which develops and supports sustainable business models for local journalism.
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