James* felt afraid to get on crowded buses, but his family was reliant on public transport. This meant they regularly had to wait over 30 minutes for an uncrowded bus to arrive. They were also scared that James would be unable to travel to school due to his fear of buses.
XRT’s simulation presented a digital scene of a bus stop at which a bus arrives. The user, James, was invited to virtually get on the bus. The first digital bus was uncrowded, but the number of passengers gradually increased as James felt more confident. This increase was controlled by his therapist.
The result? After 6 weeks, James was able to get on a crowded bus. At 6 months post-treatment, James was able to get on both crowded bus and crowded trains. His family have
now reported they hardly ever think of his phobia.
Maria* was afraid to speak in class. She would not raise her hand or contribute, even when she knew the answer.
XRT’s simulation involved a virtual classroom which gradually increased the number of children present in the class. During each scenario, the teacher’s avatar would ask 5 questions which became more detailed as the user felt more confident. The pace of this increase was controlled by the therapist.
The result? At 6 weeks, Maria was able to answer questions in Maths class; the subject class she felt most confident in. At six months, she started raising her hands and answering questions in English. By 12-16 months she had progressed to answering questions in less
*Real names emitted for anonymity purposes