The Science

An estimated 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health issues.

When left unaddressed, these conditions can profoundly impact a child’s development, their educational trajectory and their potential to live fulfilling lives in adulthood. Our app integrates exercises from mindfulness CBT to help children improve emotional self-regulation and learn empathy.

How can a game help?

Our aim is to validate the game as a digital therapy. Digital therapeutics (DTx) are defined as “evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are driven by high-quality software programs to prevent, manage or treat a medical disorder or disease.”

References

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Perry-Parrish C, Copeland-Linder N, Webb L, Sibinga EM.
Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care (2016)

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Neurobiology of Trauma and Mindfulness for Children
Iacona J, Johnson S.
J Trauma Nurs (2018)

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Meditation and mindfulness in clinical practice
Simkin DR, Black NB.
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am (2014)

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Applying Mindfulness-Based Practices in Child Psychiatry
Mathis ET, Dente E, Biel MG.
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am (2019)

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Systematic review of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD
Evans S, Ling M, Hill B, Rinehart N, Austin D, Sciberras E.
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2018)