Are mobile apps an effective way to achieve emotional regulation in children and young people who find it difficult to recognise and deal with emotions such as some children with autism or ADHD?
Can an app help young people to deal with situations that cause anxiety and anger?
Can an app provide a behavioral intervention at the time that a child begins to feel anxious or angry, i.e. that helps with emotional regulation?
Working with UK software house MadebyEducators, UCL IOE has undertaken a project, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council Innovation Fund, to develop the iReact app. The project team was Professor Liz Pellicano, UCL IOE Centre for Research in Autism Education, Professor Sara Price, London Knowledge Lab and Dr Joseph Mintz (PI).
The app design involved the use of principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is focused on children in the 5-12 age group.
You can see more about this app and the development process here:
You can find the app on the Appstore by searching for "iReact autism"