The ‘Brain Recovery Zone’ is an immersive virtual reality recovery platform, which offers a safe virtual space for people to practice the habits that aid recovery. Clients can choose from 15 different environments, ranging from the Northern Lights to the Hundred Acre Wood of Winnie the Pooh.

STEPS is using this new VR platform to support intensive neurorehabilitation for people recovering from stroke and other forms of acquired brain injury. The addition of ‘Brain Recovery Zone’ expands STEPS’ already extensive suite of world-class virtual reality rehabilitation technology, and commitment to the use of technology in rehab.

About Brain Recovery Zone

This virtual reality headset supports brain injury survivors from an early stage in their recovery and has been specifically designed to increase capability to manage fatigue, improve speech and mood and stabilise emotions.

Mindfulness, controlled breathing and meditation experiences are also offered, alongside education through animation, which takes survivors on journeys through the brain to explain brain injury and stroke.

Developed by Dr Abayomi Salawu, a rehabilitation medicine consultant, and consultant clinical neuropsychologist, Dr Katherine Dawson, Brain Recovery Zone uses VR technology to improve client engagement with their neurorehabilitation programme.

“We are delighted to add ‘Brain Recovery Zone’ to our suite of rehabilitation technology”, says Toria Chan, Clinical Director at STEPS. “The immersive environments will provide a safe and calm recovery space for our clients, to help them manage stress and fatigue and to develop skills that will support their recovery”.