Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), marked by inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity, is very common, with nearly one in ten children given the diagnosis in the United States. At Mightier, we do not collect diagnosis information about all the children who use our product, although families often share symptom information. Through this data, we can see that many children with ADHD-related challenges use and see positive change with Mightier.
Does Mightier help kids with ADHD?
Yes. We have heard from parents that Mightier is helping children manage their ADHD symptoms. 75% of Mightier parents whose children experience ADHD symptoms report that their children experience global improvements in emotional regulation. Parents whose children have ADHD tell us that Mightier has helped their children become more aware of their feelings and more able to notice when they are experiencing racing heart rate or other physical symptoms of hyperactivity or stimulation, and then to apply tools or skills to support their self-regulation. Parents have reported that since starting with Mightier their children with ADHD are more focused, more socially aware, and getting into less trouble in school.
Do kids with ADHD use Mightier?
Yes. We know many kids with ADHD who have used Mightier. In 2020 & 2021, 18.3% of caregivers who completed our optional questionnaire say they purchased Mightier primarily because of their child’s ADHD-related challenges.
Two common symptoms experienced by children with ADHD are impulsive behaviors and difficulties with frustration tolerance. In Mightier’s 2021 onboarding questionnaires, more than 1 in 5 Mightier parents indicated that hyperactivity and impulsivity interfered with their children’s lives on a daily basis and over 90% of parents who purchased Mightier in the first half of 2021 indicated that frustration interfered with their child’s daily life at least a couple of times a week.
How do I help my child with ADHD get the most out of Mightier?
We have found that talking about Mightier and making connections between Mightier and real-world situations are two ways that parents can help their kids get the most out of Mightier. For parents of kids who experience ADHD-related challenges, this would include conversations about how our heart rate increases when we are feeling frustrated, and how Mightier helps us lower our heart rate using deep breathing and other calming skills, which gives us space to recover from our frustrations and think through our impulses.
Parents of Mightier players who struggle with ADHD have found it helpful to find a shared language with their children that allows them to identify and talk about moments of frustration. This includes language that is specific to Mightier games such as “in the red” (when a child’s heart rate is high). When families have this shared language, they often identify strategies and tools that children can use in moments of frustration, including collaborative calming strategies that parents and children use together.
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