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The use of virtual reality hypnosis with two cases of autism spectrum disorder : a feasibility study

Austin, David W., Abbott, Jo-Anne M. and Carbis, Colin 2008, The use of virtual reality hypnosis with two cases of autism spectrum disorder : a feasibility study, Contemporary hypnosis, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 102-109.

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Title The use of virtual reality hypnosis with two cases of autism spectrum disorder : a feasibility study
Author(s) Austin, David W.ORCID iD for Austin, David W. orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Abbott, Jo-Anne M.
Carbis, Colin
Journal name Contemporary hypnosis
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 102
End page 109
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Place of publication London, Eng;and
Publication date 2008
ISSN 2049-2146
Keyword(s) autism
feasibility
hypnosis
treatment
virtual reality
Summary The use of a ‘virtual reality’ hypnotherapeutic procedure was trialled for feasibility as a possible treatment modality for autism (4 sessions over 2 weeks) with 2 boys aged 14 and 15 years old. The aim of the study was to determine if the procedure would be acceptable to autistic patients and thus have some potential as an intervention for reducing anxieties and/or alleviating symptoms associated with autism. Results indicated that the procedure had no effect on autistic symptoms, however, the parents of both boys reported that their son enjoyed the sessions, was attentive and relaxed throughout and that they would pursue this procedure if it were available. Furthermore, they indicated that they believed it was an effective technique to gain their son's attention, and this, combined with the fact that the boys found it enjoyable and engaging, led them to believe there is significant potential for this particular treatment modality.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley Interscience
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052237

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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