withVR is an award-winning, evidence-based, innovative tool created by Gareth Walkom, who stutters and has been publishing, reviewing, advising, and talking about virtual reality for speech therapy since 2015.
Gareth Walkom has stuttered since the age of six, which has given him many positives and negatives throughout his life, where he has found it difficult to use his voice, expand his comfort zone, and say exactly what he wants to say. Since 2015, he has researched how virtual reality can be used to benefit people just like him.
His research focused on developing an innovative virtual reality application to observe stuttering behaviors that experimented with exposure therapy, eye behaviors, and other biometric sensors. Gareth's work has been featured in worldwide press such as BBC News, Google Cloud, and more. He regularly talks about virtual reality and stuttering as a keynote and invited speaker at international and national conferences (30+ in 2020-2022). He has published and reviewed research on the topic and advises researchers who advance virtual reality for speech therapy today.
Gareth is the Founder of withVR, on the Board of Directors at Stamily (an international community for people who stutter and their allies), a Mentor at Transcending Stuttering, has advised Meta (previously known as Facebook), and has a mentor from Google.