Frequently Asked Questions
What is Floreo?
Why are we doing this?
How does Floreo work?
Floreo has a developed a shared experience that utilizes mobile VR to deliver its learning content to the Learner (an individual with ASD), while a Monitor (a supervising adult) can follow along and guide the Learner’s process on a separate device, such as a tablet.
- The Monitor pairs the phone and tablet devices through the Floreo app.
- Once the devices are paired, the Monitor places the phone in the VR headset and puts the headset on the Learner.
- The Monitor directs the entire experience — selecting a lesson, starting a lesson, providing guidance and reward language throughout the lesson. The Learner is not required to do anything except experience the lesson.
- The Learner’s view is streamed in real time to the Monitor device (tablet). The green bars on the real time view represent the Learner’s field of view.
Watch this video to learn more about Floreo and how it works.
Where can I download/buy Floreo?
How much does Floreo cost?
What equipment do I need to make the Floreo work?
- Phone (Learner device) – iPhone 7 or 7 Plus or above
- Tablet (Monitor device) – Recommended: iPad (2018) or iPad Pro (2016 or later); Supported: iPad Air 2 (late 2014)
- Operating System – iOS 11 or above
- VR Headset – any Google Cardboard compatible headset that fits your phone, with IPD adjustment. Floreo is currently using this affordable headset for our pilot testing.
- WiFi connection – use a private WiFi or MiFi that allows peer to peer connections, e.g. home, office, and/or external personal hotspot. Unfortunately, publicly available WiFi connections, such as those offered by coffee shops, hotels, etc. will block the connection between the iPhone and iPad, making the app unusable.
Is Floreo available for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Playstation VR or other high-end VR consoles?
Is Floreo available on Android?
Can I use another device such as a PC monitor, laptop monitor, TV, etc. instead of a tablet as the Monitor device?
What type of content are you developing?
- Social Connections – Lessons to develop skills for better social reciprocity and engagement by practicing discrete skills. Examples of these may include:
- Early Social Connections: joint attention, look at eyes for information, recognizing facial expressions, etc.
- Building Social Reciprocity: gaining attention, asking different questions, greetings, etc.
- Building Related Pragmatic Intentions: making choices, protesting, communication, acceptance, problem solving, etc.
- Teaching Stories – interactive stories that teach users how to manage planned and unplanned scenarios in a way that is fun and effective. Examples of these may include:
- Managing Unplanned Scenarios: encountering police, fire alarms, etc.
- Managing Planned Scenarios: crossing the street, shopping at a grocery store, Halloween, reading a map, etc.
- Sensory Tools – calming and engaging environments to help users who may feel stress or experience sensory overload. Examples of these may include:
- Playing the xylophone, mindfulness breathing while watching a train, playing fetch with a dog, popping bubbles, painting, etc.
Who is developing your content?
- Director of Therapy Content, Rita Solorzano, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with children with special needs, including autism
- Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sinan Turnacioglu, MD, is a board-certified neurodevelopmental pediatrician and former director of the Fragile X Clinic at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC
- Joe McCleery, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Executive Director of Academic Programs in the Kinney Center, Saint Joseph’s University
- Nigel Newbutt, Senior Lecturer/Senior Researcher in Digital Education, University of the West of England
We have also developed pilot partnerships to test our learning tool and content with:
- Celebrate the Children – Special education school in New Jersey using DIR curriculum (learn more)
- Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Leading autism research institution based in Philadelphia. (learn more)
- Centria Healthcare Autism Services – One of the largest autism therapy providers in the U.S. (learn more)
- KIPP DC – A network of high-performing, college-preparatory public schools in Washington, D.C. (learn more)
- The Children’s Spot – A speech, occupational and ABA therapy provider in Maryland (learn more)