Cost: Entirely Free
Developer: Audrey Sandbank
Cost: Entirely Free
With the help of a parent or carer, Anxiety Island is designed to help children from the ages of 4-12 to deal with anxiety, fears and phobias, using simple and manageable steps.Read More
Written by experienced family Psychotherapist, Audrey Sandbank, Anxiety Island uses proven methods of therapy broken down into easy-to-follow steps, which children can manage at their own pace. Children can suffer from all types of anxiety, which becomes a problem when it affects their emotional well-being. Young children especially may find it hard to express how they are feeling, making it difficult to know what to do. Presented in a unique game format, children can battle their dragon (their anxiety) by completing daily tasks and earning stars. As they progress through each level they will learn how to overcome their anxieties, and be equipped with the tools to stay strong. At the end of each level, the child has a chance to shrink the dragon and prove they are no longer scared, after having learnt new ways to cope. By the end of the game, the child will find their dragon is no longer a problem and that they are better able to deal with their issues. With detailed information for the child’s guardian, Anxiety Island can help with the following: - Fear of contamination Fear of dogs Fear of insects Fear of the dark & monsters/ghosts etc Fear of being alone in an area of the house Fear of separation (School and home) Fear of going to school Fear of feeling sick Obsessive anxieties and thoughts Obsessive behaviour Selective mutism Anger management Additional advice is given for fear of separation from the parent at bedtime; however this needs to be completed without the child’s knowledge and therefore without using the app. Anxiety Island can be used on a daily basis, or as and when needed, and can also be used as a source of information on the psychological issues listed above. Using a successful method of therapy designed specifically for children, Anxiety Island can help children to manage their own therapy, whilst providing guardians with the right information to offer support. By breaking the method down into simple, daily tasks, children will find it much easier to understand and deal with their emotions, by developing unique ways to cope. Audrey Sandbank is UKCP registered and has worked for many years in CAMHS children’s clinics, helping children with emotional and behavioural problems. Having worked for many years in both the private and public sector, Audrey currently runs her own private practice and also works for the Young Minds Parents’ Helpline; as one of a panel of professionals who offer a ring back service giving advice and counselling. Audrey has published two books on child Psychology and is consulted from time to time by programme makers and national newspapers.
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It was assessed as a Level 2 App. These apps are focused on general health. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.
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Goal Setting and Gamification
The data collected about users isn't capable of identifying that it relates to them.
The type of data that it collects isn't classified as sensitive data.
The App doesn't allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.
The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.
The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.
It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.
It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.
It wasn't clear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.
The App does provide customisable features.
End user capacity
The App does provide support for users with poor sight.
The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.
The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.
The App is entirely free to use.