Virtual Reality Laboratory
The Virtual Reality Laboratory, located within the Department of Physical Therapy at UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) is researching how cutting-edge virtual reality technology can be applied to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Combining engineering and rehabilitation sciences, the Virtual Reality Laboratory develops and evaluates new ways to care for individuals with IDD. This laboratory works with MMI’s clinical teams to build custom technologies that include the key therapeutic ingredients necessary for successful clinical outcomes.
Hand Arm Bimanual Intensive Training in Virtual Reality (HABIT-VR)
HABIT-VR takes the proven therapy technique of HABIT and turns it in therapeutic video games! Our interdisciplinary team of engineers, occupational therapists and physical therapists work together to build these games at MMI and ensure that the games have everything they need to improve upper-extremity function while still being fun.
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Activity of Daily Living Simulators
Some skills can be difficult or unsafe to practice in the real world. In the Virtual Reality Laboratory, we create realistic virtual environments that allow people to safely practice these skills at their own comfort level. Our team partners with clinicians and researchers from the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (iCASD) and has developed a simulator to practice receiving a haircut or practice crossing the street, using our state of the art equipment.
- Haircut Simulator
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- Street Crossing Simulator
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For more information about projects or the VR Lab at MMI, email James Gehringer, PhD.