According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anxiety is a co-occurring condition that may occur frequently in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autistica, a research charity in the United Kingdom, lists the following statistics on autism and anxiety among children:
- 2 out of 5 individuals diagnosed with ASD experience symptoms of anxiety
- 7 in 10 children with autism are affected by mental health problems
- Anxiety affects 42% of children with autism compared to 3% of children without autism
The Molehill Mountain app allows users to monitor their worries and circumstances that trigger their anxiety. The application uses a Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach to help individuals with autism that are dealing with anxiety. Interactive features like the journal, daily tips, questions, games, and sharing progress with friends make application easy to use. Autistica reports that Martyn, an adult with autism who has used Molehill Mountain says, “Molehill Mountain is easy to use and didn’t overload me like other apps I’ve tried. It’s designed in a way that encourages you to go back and use it again.
Jon Spiers, the Chief Executive of Autistica, told King’s College London, “We wanted to offer something practical that can be used whenever and wherever it’s needed. Many autistic people have a real affinity with tech and our autistic testers and developers told us that personalisation was important, so an app seemed like the perfect solution”.
King’s College London is following a group of Molehill Mountain users with autism to determine how effective the app is for managing anxiety.