Mightier Helps Reduce Meltdowns (Mightier Review)

Mightier Review: Bottomline

I know that your time is precious and this is a somewhat lengthy review. I wanted to sum up my Mightier review in a few sentences in case you just need me to bottomline for you. Mightier is a biofeedback program that uses video games and a heart rate monitor to help kids learn to emotionally self-regulate. This means fewer meltdowns. It’s proven science and backed by Hardvard Medical and Boston Children’s. I highly recommend Mightier to any parent because it’s fun, engaging, and it actually works. This is especially true for those parents out there raising autistic kids. Mightier is proven to reduce meltdown by over 60% in 10 weeks. That not only dramatically improves the quality of life for your child but the rest of your family as well. This also leads to a significant reduction in parental stress.

I cannot recommend Mightier enough. It’s made a significant difference in my son’s life, especially with all the increased anxiety and stress surrounding major changes within our family, as well as COVID19. Mightier is hands down, one of the most important tools in my parenting toolbox.

If you would like all the details, please continue reading. If you’d like to check this out for yourself right now, please click here.

It’s been two years since I started using Mightier with my kids and wrote this review. Check out the updates below.

Full Mightier Review

There are times where I’m really excited to share a product with my readers because it has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of Autism families. In more than a decade, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually fully endorsed a company, product, or service. Mightier is at the top of a very, very shortlist, especially for Autism parents.

Many companies approach me, claiming they had the next big thing that will change the lives of Autism families. With few exceptions, they almost always fail to deliver.

I’ve been working with a program called Mightier by Neuromotion Labs. They invited me to try out their program that helps kids learn to manage their emotions. It’s not solely for kids with Autism either. According to Mightier, pretty much any child or adult can benefit from this program.

I went into this a skeptic because I wasn’t sure how playing video games could help a child with Autism learn to better manage their emotional states.

Before I go any further, let me explain what Mightier is and how it works.

I recently interviewed Dr. Jason Kahn on my podcast. Jason is a Developmental Psychologist, co-founder, and Chief Science Officer at Mightier. We talk about how Mightier works and how it can help kids and families better manage COVID19 lockdown. Listen above.

What is Mightier and How Does it Work

Mightier has been around for a long time. Developed and tested at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Mightier was developed to help kids better identify and manage their emotions. Emotional self-regulation is a vital skill that many kids struggle with, not just kids with Autism. In fact, Mightier was designed for kids in general and it wasn’t until later that it was found to be especially helpful to kids on the Autism spectrum.

The Mightier works with popular video game developers to create an extensive library for kid players with different interests and skill levels. The Mightier component is integrated into these amazing games.

What’s Included

Each Mightier kit comes with a heart rate monitor, Mightier app, it’s an ever-growing library of games, a free android tablet, expert support, an online hub to track your child’s process, and access to a private community of Mightier parents.

Below you can see exactly what comes inside the Mightier kit. This is current as of 5/06/2020.

As part of the Mightier experience, families are matched with a Master’s level clinician. The clinicians help set expectations for success and develop strategies to help apply skills learned in the games to the specific challenges their child faces in everyday life.

How Does it Work?

It’s recommended that kids play just 45 minutes a week. There are no particular requirements in regards to scheduling these sessions. Whatever works best your family is fine. We tend to go over that 45-minute mark and that’s okay because it’s worked well for us.

The games are actually really cool and lots of fun. Your child wears the Mightier band while playing the game, which is sensory-friendly. The band essentially controls the difficulty setting of the game. When your child is frustrated, and their heart rate goes into the red, their game is impacted and becomes more difficult to play. The gameplay returns to normal when the child calms down and reduces their heart rate.

Over time, your child begins to associate positive things with managing their emotions in a more productive, healthy way.

I’ll break this down into its simplest form. It’s biofeedback for kids.

Biofeedback is the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will. Wikipedia

What this does is help your child to recognize when they are getting upset, frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed. They can see their heart rate go up and down in response to their emotions. This is done in a way that makes sense to kids because it impacts their ability to play the game. They learn there’s an obvious benefit to managing their emotions in the present and not just in more abstract ways that are harder for kids to understand.

They are then shown basic ways that they can slow their heart rate down and get themselves calm or relaxed. As they practice these skills, the heart rate drops back into the blue and they are rewarded by their game returning to normal.

In other words. Mightier helps kids to become more self-aware. They learn to recognize the signs that they are getting upset and then do things to calm themselves down. They recognize the immediate impact on their game but eventually apply these same skills to everyday life.

As your child progresses through the games, they earn acorns which are the in-game currency. Acorns allow your child to unlock more games and continue to advance.

New games are introduced on a regular basis the whole thing is very simple to navigate. The current library has 15 games, including two recipients of the Apple Editors Choice award and two games with more than a million downloads.

Clinical Evidence:

  • After 10 weeks of use, the average family sees a 62% reduction in outbursts, a 40% reduction in oppositional behaviors, and a 19% reduction in parent stress.
  • Three studies across seven years showed that kids built skills, behavior improved and stress at home declined.
  • Mightier had years of both inpatient and outpatient clinical testing as well as in-home pilot programs before commercially launching.

Supporting Research:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital

    October 24, 2012
    Video game with biofeedback teaches children to curb their anger. Read more

  • Harvard Magazine
    Jan – Feb 2011
    Gaming the emotions. Read more
  • Clinicaltrials.gov Whitepaper
    RAGE Control: Regulate and Gain Emotional Control Learn more
  • Partners Healthcare
    RAGE-Control: Teaching emotional self-regulation through video gameplay Learn more

Download the Mightier Scientific Overview PDF

Our Experience

When Mightier approached me, my immediate thought was Emmett. He is an absolutely brilliant kid, as well as my youngest. His high level of intelligence can be disarming at times and lead to issues. For instance, it’s very easy to forget that he’s emotionally delayed because he’s so smart. As a result, he often struggles much with outbursts and meltdowns when he’s frustrated or overwhelmed.

I’ve been using this with Emmett for about a month now and I honestly feel he’s benefiting from it. I have seen him applying things like taking deep breaths to situations in real life, far outside of the games he practices the techniques with.

I was concerned that Emmett would become frustrated with the process and not want to continue but the opposite happened. Emmett felt empowered because he began to recognize that he was in direct control over how his time with the games went.

I was curious as to what Emmett’s ongoing therapist would think of Mightier and she loves it.

Emmett loves Mightier and plays it throughout the week. He likes the games and is gaining a better understanding of how his body reacts to stress, as well as ways he can calm his body down.

In our case, we’re very lucky to have a solid, professional support system in our lives. I’m not sure we would need to double up in this area but I would have no hesitation in reaching out to Emily for advice. That said, there will be people reading this Mightier review who’s only access to support is through this program. That’s huge and cannot be overstated.

Along the way, I spoke with our Parenting Coach Emily, MSW, LICSW. She was very knowledgeable and pleasant to speak with. We talked about Emmett and she answered all my questions about the Mightier program. It’s nice to know that we have someone we can reach out to if we need help.

This would be of huge benefit to families who don’t currently have this kind of help available to them.

What Does Mighter Cost and Where Can You Find It?

When I approach this Mightier review, especially something like this Mightier review, it’s very important to me that the product or service be as affordable as possible. It doesn’t matter how well something works if most people can’t afford it. While I absolutely love this program, a big concern I have is affordability, especially for families like mine, who financially struggle.

If you’re a professional and looking to use Mightier, please click here and select “For Professionals”
  • Mightier is $40/month for the entire family and includes everything discussed above. You can use this with all your kids. This package comes with a Mighty Band heart rate monitor, a dedicated tablet, Mightier app and library of games (available on both iPhone and Android), on-going 1 on 1 coaching calls with a licensed clinician, an online hub to track your child’s process and access to a private community of Mightier parents.
  • There are significant discounts when paid annually.
  • If you’re a professional, they have professional plans as well. Click here for more information.

There is significant value here. It begins with a full 30 Day Free Trial and includes everything you need to get going. This is ideal for the entire family and can dramatically improve quality of life.

Mightier is a must-have parenting tool for any parent

I’m very careful when it comes to things like this because I know that people assign weight to my words and I take that very seriously. That being said, I believe Mightier is a must-have tool for any parent. This is especially true for autism parents because of the increased need for help with emotional self-regulation. I have absolutely no reservations about recommending Mightier to my friends and family.

Firstly, biofeedback is a proven science. Based on biofeedback, Mightier has been tested and proven by both Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical. We know it works and we know why it works. The way Mightier approaches things is very friendly to kids of any age. It’s engaging, intuitive, and relevant.

Secondly, Mightier includes professional help as well. You get access to certified behavioral specialists and they help you build a behavior plan that works for your child. They are there to help you overcome any obstacles along the way. This might be the only access to this type of support that families have access to and it’s all included. That’s a huge plus.

I know every child is different but parents can feel confident because if it doesn’t work, you simply can get your money back.

Mightier is absolutely amazing and is now available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

You can purchase Mightier by clicking the button below.

Updates

Two Years Later

I wanted to update my Mightier review as it’s been almost 2 years since we first began using it. Like everyone else in the world, I’ve been struggling to help my three boys with Autism, navigate the COVID19 lockdown. Their anxiety and stress are through the roof. For those who don’t know, I’m a single Dad raising my three autistic kids alone. My oldest is medically fragile and at high risk. As of today, We’ve been on COVID19 lockdown for 104 days. I’ve no adult contact and it’s wearing on me. I thought now would be a good time to update my Mightier Review.

It’s exhausting and overwhelming just trying to keep everyone above water. Autism can sometimes make things a bit more complicated to deal with. Thankfully, Emmett has been spending more and more time playing Mightier lately. It’s helping him cope, as well as build new skills that allow him to manage his emotions in a healthier, more constructive way.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I need all the help I can get. Anything that makes life easier for my kids and improves their quality of life, makes things easier for me, and reduces my overall stress levels. I’m seeing fewer meltdowns and that makes things easier and more pleasant for everyone in my house. I’m utilizing every tool in my arsenal in order to get us through this and Mightier is one of those tools. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Also, I recently interviewed Dr. Jason Kahn on my podcast. Jason is a Developmental Psychologist, co-founder, and Chief Science Officer at Mightier. We talk about how Mightier works and how it can help kids and families better manage COVID19 lockdown. Listen below.

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    • MicKay on July 5, 2020 at 12:19 pm
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    We have enough tablets, Android and iPads. Can it be purchased without a tablet?

    1. The tablet is included. No extra cost.

    • Janice Molesky on June 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm
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    If you stop your monthly subscription at some point do the device and games still work?

    1. The heart rate monitor and tablet will still physically function, but the app and all the support that comes with it, will cease to function because it’s subscription based.

  1. Hi…my eight year old daughter has sensory issues and ADHD, She has been having tantrums since she was two. I feel like we’ve tried every intervention you can think of including meds. She’s better managed on meds, but she still has the roots of coping difficulties. When I watch this video, I envision her not wanting to give it a try because her tantrums are a source of vulnerability for her. I can also see her throwing the device across the room. Have you found that it truly engages kids – even those who struggle severely?

    Also, I don’t understand from the videos how much this costs.

    Thank you for your help.

    1. Maggie, sorry about the delay. First of all, thanks for your question. The cost is about $28/month for everything. As for her throwing it across the room, I honestly don’t know. These games are fun and engaging. Controlling your emotions is worked into it in a way that adds value to the experience. My kids never found it frustrating and my youngest is very easily frustrated. It’s biofeedback and the idea is they learn without realizing they’re learning. If you click one of the links above, you can check out their site and sign up for a 30 day trial. If it doesn’t work or you don’t like it, you can just return it. I’ve not personally had anyone come back and tell me it didn’t help.

      I wouldn’t endorse them is I didn’t truly believe in what they were offering. If I can be of any help, feel free to email me directly. ☺

        • Maggie Koch on April 6, 2020 at 12:49 pm
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        Thank you for your reply. We ordered one for our kids and so far it’s going well (-:

        1. Has she thrown it across the room? This was my exact thought about if my own kid tried the device, that she would just throw it across the room in frustration!

    • Kelly on January 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm
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    Did your son ever get frustrated and just quit the games?

    1. Yes. It’s a process and over time, he did better and better. Are you having problems or just questions?

        • Kelly on January 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm
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        Just questions. I haven’t ordered anything. I can foresee it being too frustrating that he just throws his hands in the air and just quits the game and refuses to play it again.

        1. Okay, so I don’t think it’s meant to get the kids that frustrated. It’s sorta helps them to see cause and effect. The games don’t become impossible to play, they just become more challenging. He’s rewarded as he calms down and lowers his heart rate. Honestly, Emmett is very easily frustrated and he does very well. They have people who can help with navigating some of these challenges. I’m happy to help in any way that I can. Worst case, you try it and you have 30 days to test it out. If you want, feel free to email me through my contact page and we can talk via email if that’s easier.

    • Jeana on September 24, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    I’m looking into Mightier and came across your review Do your kids still use it and has it helped longer term?

    1. I love this program. I used it mostly with my youngest. While he’s not using it as much as I’d like, the skills he learned are carried over into everyday life. He carries those with him and will do so going forward. He’s doing so much better in regards to managing his emotions. Don’t get me wrong, there will likely always be some level of difficulty but it’s a big step forward.

      The main reason he’s not using it daily is just because there’s been a tremendous amount of upheaval in our lives this summer and we’re not doing a lot of things that we should be because we’re in survive mode.

      If you try it, use the links in this post. I’ll get credit and that helps me continue my efforts here. If it doesn’t work or you just don’t like it, you can return it. They’re really good about that.

      If you’re interested, here’s a link to my interview with its creator.. ☺

      https://anchor.fm/theautismdad/episodes/Interview-with-Dr–Jason-Kahn-of-Mightier-e4633d

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    • Cindy Jones on August 28, 2018 at 10:50 am
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    Maybe in time it will help Emmett with the stress of going to school. Interesting to see if his stomach issues and nightmares decrease.

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