Most powerful video game pilot program with Magellan Healthcare leads to a 45% improvement in symptoms in children with autism

Most powerful video game pilot program with Magellan Healthcare leads to a 45% improvement in symptoms in children with autism

For more information on the Mightier-Magellan Healthcare pilot program visit: https://www.mightier.com/asdpilot/ “Mightier can successfully engage children and augment care in ways that were not previously possible,” said Miller. “Magellan is continuously incorporating innovative strategies into treatment routines and Mightier is one of those examples.” About Mightier: Mightier is a Boston-based startup on a mission to empower every child to build emotional strength. Mightier pairs video games with clinically validated strategies to build emotional resilience and confidence. The approach is backed by a decade of clinical research at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and has been shown to reduce outbursts by 62 percent, oppositional behavior by 40 percent, and family stress by 19 percent. For more information, visit Mightier.com.

“Mightier is a proven way to help children build emotional regulation skills, especially those who have a tough time with tantrums, anger, aggression, irritability and feelings of anxiety. It is immediate and scalable, meaning families get help right in the moment of need, and avoid the wait associated with starting new services. This is particularly important in the wake of the pandemic as demands for mental health care rise  and there is a shortage of providers,” said Jason Kahn Ph.D., chief science officer and co-founder of Mightier. Used in the home, Mightier’s innovative technology was developed at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The program combines 25 video games with an integrated heart rate monitoring band, allowing kids to see their heart rate fluctuate as they face challenges within the game. As the child’s heart rate increases, children are prompted to apply coping skills, such as deep breathing, to help manage their stress and frustration.

Earlier this year, Mightier announced a two-year NIMH-funded research project that will examine the impact of the Mightier games on improving the lives of children with a broader range of disorders, such as ADHD, anxiety and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Enrollment is now underway throughout the Magellan network. Two hundred members with a wide variety of mental health conditions are expected to be recruited. “It is important to understand families as a whole, and to not only look at children’s symptoms when deploying an intervention. Families using Mightier reported decreased stress, an increase in confidence, and an increase in access to resources relative to control – gains that point to improvements for the child as well as higher functionality for parents and families,” said Matthew Miller, senior vice president, behavioral health, Magellan Healthcare.

SOURCE Mightier Related Links Media Contact: Andrea LePain eMedia Junction  617-275-8112

About Magellan Health: Magellan Health, Inc., is a leader in managing the fastest growing, most complex areas of health, including special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Magellan supports innovative ways of accessing better health through technology, while remaining focused on the critical personal relationships that are necessary to achieve a healthy, vibrant life. Magellan’s customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and governmental agencies and third-party administrators. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com. About Magellan Healthcare: Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the healthcare business unit of Magellan Health, Inc., offers solutions for complex conditions in the areas of behavioral health, and medical specialty treatment. Magellan Healthcare serves commercial health plans, employers, state and local governments, and the Federal government, including the Department of Defense. For more information, visit MagellanHealthcare.com.

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