OUR METHOD

Backed by research from leading universities and experts, OliTool translates clinical expertise into an intuitive system that empowers people to be their best selves. 

COMBINING THE INTERNET OF THINGS WITH COGNITITVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

OliTool draws on proven approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and behaviour change techniques and leverages haptic technology, connected objects and our sense of touch.  It was developed  with expertise drawn from University College London and Exeter University based on co-design principles.

EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIOURS

CBT is all about the relationship between your thoughts feelings and behaviours.  CBT is problem-focused and action-oriented, with the goal of addressing specific challenges through hands-on exercises, practical strategies and real-time tracking on how you're doing.

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UNDERLYING RESEARCH

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of CBT and Behaviour Change techniques in supporting wellbeing

These approaches have been effective when accessed through smart-phone based self-guided applications.

Research also demonstrates fidgeting can support positive behaviours

Studies have shown that fidgeting with something in our hands is calming and soothing.  Fidgeting can boost creativity, help us focus and pay attention.

Benefits of real-time information capture and intervention

It is widely accepted that capturing real-time information about a person's emotions and behaviours, (ecological momentary assessment or EMA), provides greater accuracy about life as lived.  Real-time interventions have been shown to be more effective than interventions that occur with a lag in time.

EMA methods provide an important tool to help clinical psychology explore the dynamic nature of behaviour thought and feeling as they unfold over time.
— SHIFFMAN, SAUL (2008)

Screen-time: When is it too much?

Although spending time in front of a screen is a part of the modern world, too much screen time for children and adolescents is considered problematic by many professionals, and if carried to excess, is revealed as potentially detrimental to general health and wellbeing.  Problems range from weight gain, social withdrawal, sleep disruption to risk of 'gaming addiction'.  Research into the impact of screen time is ongoing, with the UK Parliamentary Committee for Science and Technology holding hearings about the impact of social media and screen use on young people's health.

 

OLITOOL VALIDATION

MULTIPHASE RANDOMISED CASE STUDY EXETER UNIVERSITY, SPRING 2017

Olitool was trialled at Exeter University in spring 2017 on individuals experiencing stress and worry.  The study provided proof of principle that Olitool can help people change their behaviours and manage their worries.

Olitool has been developed based on a co-design methology and continues to undergo 'in the wild' testing to improve the system and ensure its effectiveness.