Mightier app uses video games to help children with ADHD and autism regulate their emotions
- Created by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Children’s hospital, the Mightier app has helped children with ADHD and autism regulate their emotions.
- The app has been used by more than 100,000 children, and has about 30 mobile-based video games.
- A social worker at Mightier said that the tool has proven effective in conjunction with therapy for children with ADHD or autism, as part of learning self-soothing activities.
- For more on this, please go to the JSOnline website.
What teachers think of children and young people’s technology use
- A study at Bournemouth University explored UK teachers’ experiences of children and young people’s use of technology
- The study found many teachers were optimistic about the role technology could play in both education and empowering children and young people.
- However, some teachers also expressed concern about how technology affected children and young people’s offline social skills.
- For more on this study, please go to the Yahoo News website.
Pioneering the use of virtual reality in safeguarding training
- Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust have pioneered the use of virtual reality in safeguarding training after concerns about safeguarding during clinical practice.
- Whilst staff were able to consider risks to the presenting patient, they did not appear to look at the wider picture and safeguard other vulnerable members of the family.
- The safeguarding training with VR allowed participants to experience various scenarios, enabling them to think beyond the presenting patient and consider a more holistic approach to safeguarding.
- After the training, participants reported better knowledge and made more referrals for at risk children of their adult patients.
- For more on this, visit the Nursing Times website.