Joppa, MD (PRWEB) October 6, 2008
Vision Audio Inc. has announced the release of EASe Off-Road, the first video game designed to help train children with autism to cope with sensory integration challenges. EASe Off-Road is a fun, non-violent learning experience that enables children to enjoy and more fully participate in their enhanced sound-based therapy, according to Bill Mueller, president of Vision Audio.
Sensory integration challenges are some of the most vexing problems troubling children with autism. Some children react to sound in a hypersensitive manner while others become sensory defensive and appear deaf. Perseverant behaviors like hand flapping, imbalance and lack of proprioceptive awareness - the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body - can accompany sensory integration issues as well.
Since 1995, Vision Audio's line of EASe (Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect) encoded music CDs have assisted children, including those with autism, to learn to cope with auditory hypersensitivity as well as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), also a neurological condition. EASe music CDs are used by tens of thousands of parents, therapists and organizations internationally, Mueller said.
The first in the EASe Games video game series, EASe Off-Road, further expands on the sound-based therapy. The games employ a virtual vestibular game environment to train a child to develop the integrated systems responsible for organizing balance and body awareness - the visual/vestibular/cochlear triad.
EASe Off-Road includes two different driving worlds, two automobile speeds and multiple colors of dune buggies. The game experience is one of bumping and jumping over hills, sometimes crashing into trees and sometimes flying off cliffs and rolling over, end over end. Tracking moving targets challenges a child's smooth pursuit eye movement, while flying debris challenges saccadic eye movements and encourages the child to concentrate on visual orientation and balance.
Specially encoded music employed in the EASe Off-Road video game provides auditory stimulation during play to train a child to habituate to noise, while the exciting, virtual vestibular game play of off-road auto racing helps them with balance and proprioceptive awareness. The game stimulates smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movement by challenging the child to pursue and tag targets scattered across a wild landscape. Multiple levels of difficulty keep the games interesting for the children.
"EASe Games have been used in clinical testing with therapists since December 2007, and the responses have been incredibly positive," said Mueller. "Therapist Wendy Aeling wrote me 'The latest CD you sent me is AWESOME! The kids love it and frequently ask to use it. Thank you for putting out a great therapeutic product.'" School psychologist Lynn Marentette also featured the games in a presentation during the Games for Health conference held recently in Baltimore.
Vision Audio Inc. creates therapeutic audio CDs and PC video games to assist children and adults with autism, ADD, ADHD, Down Syndrome and other neurological conditions learn to cope with noise and sensory hypersensitivity issues. In 1995, Vision first created the Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect EASe CD series, now used worldwide by tens of thousands of families as well as sensory integration, physical and occupational therapists, school systems and organizations to treat brain-injured children. Vision Audio's home-based therapeutic products allow families to improve their children's sensory coping skills, while therapist directed programs like Vital Links' Therapeutic Listening® program train therapists to direct and monitor the use of EASe CDs. For more information on EASe audio and video programs, call 410-679-1605 or visit http://www.easecd.com.
For links to independent studies on autism that include EASe products, visit http://www.easecd.com/independent_study.html.
For more information or to request an interview contact Bill Mueller at Vision Audio, Inc. at 410-679-1605.
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