Mightier’s biofeedback games were developed & tested at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. You can learn more about our initial clinical trials & research on our Science page.
Today, we do not collect diagnosis information about children and families using Mightier at home. Families do sometimes share symptom information and through this data, we can see that many children with oppositional defiant disorder find success with Mightier.
Do kids with ODD use Mightier?
Of approximately 8,500 players who joined Mightier between Spring 2018 and Fall 2019, 72% of their parents or caregivers reported that they struggled with outbursts, 69% with anger, and 48% with aggression. Rates for these types of challenges were higher among boys than girls.
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Over 70% of parents report positive change.
Will my child with ODD get frustrated with Mightier?
Parents frequently worry that their child’s anger may get in the way of enjoyment of Mightier. Mightier contains controlled moments of frustration, and for children who tend to get angry easily, there is a fear that they may refuse to engage with Mightier or break Mightier equipment. Fortunately, we have found that not to be the case.
Of players with ODD-consistent symptoms, over 70% of players who started playing Mightier in the past 18 months have played for at least an hour. The percentage of players struggling with anger, aggression, and outbursts who have played Mightier for at least one hour is about the same as the percentage with more than an hour of play in the overall player population.
What skills will my child with ODD learn from Mightier?
We have also heard from parents that Mightier is helping. Over three-quarters of parents (76.5%) who have answered our player follow-up surveys have reported that they are seeing improvements in their Mightier players’ overall emotional regulation. Among players with outbursts, anger, and aggression, the rates of parent-observed improvement are similar, with over 76% of parents whose children struggled with aggression at the start of Mightier reporting emotional regulation improvement, and emotional regulation improvements reported by nearly 4 out of 5 parents whose children struggled with anger (79.1% improved) and outbursts (79.8% improved).