TARGETING CHILDREN'S EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
OliTool was initially developed as a tool for adults and initially trialled with University students. Over time, it became clear that the stigma-free playful nature of Oli made it perfect for helping children understand more about their emotional selves and how they relate to the world as well as aiding children with certain behaviour or learning challenges, including those with ADHD and anxiety issues. We believe that OliTool can help children stay calm and focused and communicate their feelings as well as aiding the adults in their world gain insights into their feelings and behaviour.
According to the World Economic Forum, character skills such as empathy, creativity, curiosity and communication are critical to prepare children for their future workplace. Emotional and mental guidance are as important as practical skills based training.
With 1 in 10 children in the UK suffering from a diagnosable mental health condition and 1 in 4 either anxious or depressed, there is a critical need to address children’s mental wellbeing.
Olitool for children, intersecting mental health and education
OliTool for children will intervene at the intersection between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and schools. Schools are central to children’s mental health and wellbeing as recognised by the UK Government Green Paper, December 2017, Transforming Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Provision.
The Green Paper sets forth proposals for formalising the relationship between schools and CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Even without the implementation of these proposals however, children’s wellbeing lies at the heart of the educational approach of many schools. For this reason, we see the education sector as central to the development of and future market for OliTool for children.
OGENBLIK JOINS UCL IOE PROGRAMME EDUCATE
With the education sector integral to OliTool’s offering for children, we were delighted to be awarded a place in the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) programme, EDUCATE. EDUCATE connects Ed Tech entrepreneurs, practitioners and researchers and uses research to inspire the development of high-quality learning products and services. With a grounding in school based research, participation in EDUCATE has enabled Ogenblik to develop OliTool for children as an EdTech product, widening market opportunities.
OUTREACH TO EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
Ogenblik is reaching out to the education community to ensure a participatory design structure to OliToo’s development in this sector. We have extensively surveyed teachers, SENCo and other experts about the current offering for children with special behavioural and emotional needs as well as gaps and needs. The unique combination of OliTool’s playful handheld tangible interface combined with its ability to offer real-time communication fills a gap and need in this market.
Further investigation, co-design and validation will be undertaken during the spring of 2019 with workshops, trials and case studies in several UK primary and secondary schools.
OUTREACH TO MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY
Ogenblik was pleased to develop a strong dialogue with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust regarding the redesign of OliTool for all children. The Tavistock, a leader in promoting mental health and wellbeing for over 100 years, brings together a variety of approaches to children and family mental health. They are recognised as influencers in children’s mental health worldwide and have initiated programmes in the UK for bringing CAMHS services into school settings, the new model set forth in the Government’s Green Paper mandating improved children’s and adolescent mental health services. The Tavistock was especially keen on OliTool’s playful non-screen based and personalised approach to its digital offering. Ogenblik and The Tavistock partnered in several grant applications in 2018 and continue to explore ways to potentially work together.