215: Virtual Reality for Any SLP with Gareth Walkom

Virtual Reality for Any SLP with Gareth Walkom

Do your students love technology like mine do?

If so, you’re going to love today’s guest on SLP Coffee Talk! I sat down with Gareth Walkom from withVR. He’s here to share what he does with VR and how it can benefit our speech therapy students!

Gareth is from the UK and now lives in Belgium. He is a proud person who stutters beautifully and is the Founder of withVR – a customizable virtual reality tool for SLPs and researchers. 

Since 2015, he has published, advised, and reviewed research on the topic. Gareth has spoken at 40+ conferences in the past three years, including being one of the invited speakers at the ASHA Convention last year! He collaborates with 100+ practices, universities, and hospitals worldwide – including Google and the NHS (National Health Service in the UK). 

Gareth believes that virtual reality is the next iPad for speech therapy, and he strives to make this technology accessible and easy to use for ALL SLPs! 

His mission is to proudly use his voice to empower others to use theirs.

In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • How withVR came about
  • The real-life challenges that this tool can help your students overcome
  • How VR can help your students get valuable practice in a safe space
  • How you can customize this VR tool to suit your students’ needs
  • Why you don’t need to be afraid of this new technology 
  • Real-life stories of students who benefited from using VR in speech 
  • The role of technology in the future of speech therapy 
  • Other ways you can utilize this technology if you don’t have access to the VR tools
  • Different ways you can use VR software to help your students

I hope you loved hearing about all of the ways we can use VR with our speech students from Gareth! If you want to learn more from him about VR, you can visit his website or follow them on Instagram or Twitter. 

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Virtual Reality for Any SLP with Gareth Walkom

Joke of the Week:

Q: What did the spider do on the computer? 

A: Built a website.

Resources Mentioned: 

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