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Provider Pilot Uses Video Games as Therapy for Children with Autism – HIT Consultant


Provider Pilot Uses Video Games as Therapy for Children with Autism

What You Should Know:

– Magellan Health launches a pilot program for a group of
providers that will begin using video games as therapy for children with autism
and other behavioral health conditions. 

– As part of the pilot program, patients will be given
access to the video platform developed by Mightier, a digital health company
born out of Boston Children’s’ Hospital and Harvard. 

– The games include a wearable heart rate monitor &
tablet loaded with 25 different games, each designed to help children learn how
to regulate their emotional reactions and manage stress, anxiety through deep
breathing, etc.


Magellan Health,
Inc.,
one of the nation’s leaders in behavioral health, today
announced a collaboration between Magellan Healthcare (Magellan), the
behavioral and specialty healthcare segment of the company, and Neuromotion,
Inc., developer of Mightier, an
in-home digital platform that empowers children to learn lifelong emotional
skills through play, to make Mightier available to certain Magellan members in
a pilot program.

“Children are increasingly being diagnosed with behavioral
health disorders and the impact is felt by the entire family,” said Matthew
Miller, senior vice president, behavioral health, Magellan Healthcare. “We are
proud to launch this pilot with Mightier as a cost effective,
outcomes-based treatment. By teaching children how to navigate daily challenges
through visual technology they learn how to cope and properly manage their
stress in a meaningful and fun way.”

Pilot Program Details

Developed at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical
School, the Mightier program pairs video games with clinically validated
emotion calming skills to help kids learn through play. In addition to the
video game platform, caregivers are supported with a personalized dashboard to
track progress, access to the Mightier Parent community, and 1-1 coaching with
a licensed, master’s level clinician to tailor the program to
their individual family needs.

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Over the last three years, Mightier has reached more than
25,000 families worldwide, with thousands of new families being added every
month. Over 75 percent of families report improvement made possible by an
unwavering commitment to building an engaging experience supported by clinical
expertise.

By combining Magellan’s market-leading clinical experience and network of providers specializing in autism with Mightier’s innovative technology, children and families participating in the pilot will receive high-quality care focused on positive outcomes.

Jason Kahn, PhD, Mightier’s Chief Scientific Officer says the collaboration will set the stage to positively impact families and improve outcomes for children with ASD. “Mightier is a new tool that supports the increasing diagnoses of autism and other behavioral health disorders. Our solution meets kids and families where they are: at home. The pandemic amplifies this need even further, we need new ways to support kids and families. Our digital program can play a significant role by providing evidenced-based, personalized interventions from the comfort of home.”



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