Mightier, an innovative organization that has developed a program of bioresponsive video games to help kids learn emotional regulation and deep breathing skills is teaming with Community Work Services (CWS), one of Boston’s most venerable agencies supporting those with barriers to employment learn skills for work and career readiness. Mightier will be employing those learning skills through CWS to help assemble, package, and ship their program kits.
“This partnership is what our work is all about,” said Craig Stenning, Executive Director of Community Work Services, a company housed within The Fedcap Group, a national non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for those with barriers to improved economic well-being. “Mightier is our urban neighbor, and they are doing extraordinary work helping kids to build skills and confidence. Here at CWS, we prepare those with barriers for competitive work, and in us, Mightier has found a ready, willing, and able workforce.”
Mightier was developed and tested at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The company’s innovative work involves creating video games that help kids ages 6-14—especially those with behavioral challenges—build skills that help them practice emotional regulation, develop coping skills, and build emotional muscle memory to regulate emotional outbursts and respond to life’s challenges. The program includes a library of games accessed through the Mightier app, compatible with both Android and Apple products, a “Mighty Band,” which is worn as a heart rate monitor, coaching sessions with a licensed clinician, an online hub to track your child’s process and access to a private community of Mightier parents. As a player’s heart rate goes up, the games become harder to play. The more the players learn to regulate their responses, the more successful they are. After just ten weeks of use, the average family sees a marked reduction in outbursts, decreased oppositional behaviors, and diminished parental stress.
“We created Mightier to empower kids to overcome the challenges they are facing in life,” said Craig Lund, Mightier’s co-founder and CEO. “We’re excited to partner with CWS in our shared mission of giving people tools to help improve their lives.” Community Work Services has been working for over 140 years helping individuals with diverse types of disabilities obtain employment and self-sufficiency through innovative, on-the-job training, job placements according to the interests and needs of their participants, and ongoing support services. CWS is widely known as a model for ways to empower individuals with disabilities and to help them thrive in their community.
“Our partnership is a great tribute to our mutual commitment to those with different types of barriers,” said Craig Stenning. “We are excited to see the power of our mutual efforts. Stay tuned!”
For more information, visit Mightier at www.mightier.com and Community Work Services at http://cwsnewengland.org/.