Floreo uses virtual reality to teach social, communication, behavioral, and life skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related diagnoses. Our immersive VR experiences are based on established, science-backed techniques and designed to be used in therapy, educational, or family settings.
Our immersive experiences provide a fun and engaging opportunity to practice skills that are difficult to learn and teach in "real life." We are striving to make important services more affordable and accessible for families, clinics, and educational institutions around the world.
- The Coach pairs the iPhone and iPad through the Floreo app.
- Once the devices are paired, the Coach places the iPhone in the VR headset and puts the headset on the Learner.
- The Coach directs the entire experience — selecting the experience, initiating the pairing between iPad and iPhone, and providing guidance, instructions, and praise language throughout the lesson. The Learner experiences the immersive experience through the iPhone and headset.
- The Learner’s view is streamed in real time to the Coach's iPad. The green bars on the real time view represent the Learner’s field of view. We provide suggested Coaching language and tools to help the Coach move the lesson along.
Floreo is a subscription-based product. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss subscription options for your situation. Subscriptions start at $49.99 per month (software only for one Learner).
Floreo is a subscription-based product with pricing as low as $49.99/month. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss subscription options. We offer monthly or yearly subscriptions and we are happy to help you find the best subscription for your situation.
- Phone (Learner device) – iPhone 7 or above
- Tablet (Coach device) – iPad (2016 or newer)
- Operating System – iOS 13.5 and above
- VR Headset – any Google Cardboard compatible headset, with IPD adjustment that fits your iPhone. When we are choosing a headset, we look for a lightweight headset that includes straps for the Learner’s head. If you need guidance before purchasing a compatible headset, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- WiFi connection
At the moment, Floreo is only available for mobile VR on iOS. However, as we continue to grow, we expect to expand to other platforms and devices. Sign up to get notified about our progress here: https://www.floreotech.com/newsletter
At the moment, Floreo is only available on iOS. However, as we continue to grow, we expect to expand to other operating systems. Sign up to be notified when we launch on Android https://www.floreotech.com/newsletter
At the moment, Floreo can only be used with an iPad as the Coach’s device. However, the iPad can be simultaneously projected to a TV using an HDMI cable or via AirPlay to an Apple TV. As we continue to grow, we plan to expand the types of devices that can be used as a Coach device. Sign up to be notified about our progress: https://floreotech.com/floreo-newsletter
Floreo is developing content based on proven techniques for building social connections, managing planned and unplanned events, and responding to sensory overload:
- 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.
- 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, recognizing and responding to bullying, interactions with peers in a school setting, etc.
- Managing Planned Scenarios: crossing the street, shopping at a grocery store, Halloween, etc.
- 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, guided meditations, guided focus, etc.
- Experiences to work on executive functioning skills. Examples of these may include:
- Focusing, emotional regulation, responding to auditory information, impulse control, etc.
We take seriously our commitment to developing a science-backed product, we have hired experts in the field of ASD to lead the development of our content:
- Director of Therapy Content, Rita Solórzano, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech language pathologist with over 30 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
- Lead Self Advocate, Sam Farmer, autism spectrum community self-advocate and advisor to Floreo
- Joe McCleery, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Executive Director of Academic Programs in the Kinney Center, Saint Joseph’s University
The FDA has not yet evaluated the safety or effectiveness of Floreo’s virtual reality app and content for use as therapy for ASD. We do intend to pursue the path to clearance in the near future.
We are located in Washington DC, though many of our staff work remotely outside of the DC area.
Floreo is a for-profit technology company based in Washington DC. We are fortunate to be supported by wonderful investors. We have also been generously supported by grants from NIH. If you have further questions or investment interest, feel free to email email@example.com.
Floreo is designed for neurodiverse individuals, as well as their respective support networks (e.g. families, therapists, special educators, etc.).
It is estimated that more than 1.5 million children in the U.S. are affected by ASD. However, finding accessible and affordable autism learning tools can be challenging despite more than $16 billion spent in the U.S. on overall autism services. To that end, Floreo is working with schools, researchers, therapy practices, and autism specialists to develop a science-backed and affordable virtual reality tool and content platform that can help neurodiverse individuals develop the real world skills they need to live independent and productive lives.
No. Floreo is committed to developing experiences for any individual that needs assistance developing their social, behavioral, communication, and life skills. Some of our partners and current customers have already utilized Floreo with individuals with ADHD, PTSD, and many other diagnoses.
No. Floreo is committed to developing experiences that are approachable for Learners of all language levels. Many of our current customers use Floreo with non-verbal or minimally verbal Learners.
Floreo is intended for use with children ages 5 and above. This guidance is based on current recommendations for Google Cardboard, View-Master and similar devices, as well as advice from experts in the field. In addition, consumers must also adhere to manufacturer recommendations for whichever headset they purchase.
Virtual reality is not recommended people with certain pre-existing conditions such as a history of seizures or photosensitive response on EEG, eye movement impairments such as strabismus, migraines, or who may be prone to motion sickness.
The vision of young children (especially those under six years old) is still under development. Consult with your child’s doctor or optometrist before allowing young children to watch virtual reality images or play virtual reality games. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above.
Various VR headset manufacturers have their own health and safety warnings included with the hardware (such as Oculus, Samsung, HTC, etc). Users are responsible to read, evaluate and follow these guidelines, warnings and instructions. Please ensure all users do use the headset in accordance with these health and safety warnings. Adults should monitor children closely during and after use of VR headsets.
Yes! Once you have identified a grant opportunity, we are happy to help with the needed information for your application. Just send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.