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Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive

Surveys indicate that about 30 percent of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) either drive or want to drive. That is why Amy Weitlauf, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and part of the Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center, is collaborating with a team of Vanderbilt engineers to develop a special adaptive virtual-reality driving environment for individuals with ASD. Although there is no single accepted treatment for ASD, there is growing agreement that individualized behavioral and educational interventions can have a positive impact on the lives of these individuals and their families, she explained.

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