Voice AI to help parents support their children's emotional development.
We believe that voice technology can make people's lives better. The ability to scale and reach as many people as possible through voice experiences is an outstanding opportunity to explore new technologies to promote social impact.
CogniVocal has released, with Dr Sally Richmond from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, a free Voice app called Emotion Coaching. A Voice AI experience teaches parents a simple communication approach that they can apply to support their child's emotional development.
Currently, 1 in 7 Australian children are estimated to have a mental health disorder. These challenges can impact how children perform at school, how they get on with others, and how they feel about themselves. Globally, mental disorders are the most significant contributors to disease burden in young people. Importantly, parents can play a crucial role in their children's mental health. Our voice app helps equip parents with tools to support their children.
CogniVocal collaborated with Monash University and the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health to evaluate and improve the Emotion Coaching Voice App. Psychologists and parents from a Melbourne based child psychology clinic have tested the feasibility of voice technology in supporting parents. Results of the study will be available in early 2021.
The Emotional Coaching Voice app is divided into activities that present to parents concepts and examples to learn and practice the parenting approach.
The assistant talks to users to give them support about parenting through COVID-19, explains how emotion coaching can help with children's behaviours and how it might be used as a tool to guide children through difficult emotions.
Parents also learn practical concepts such as identifying a dismissive parenting approach as opposed to an emotion coaching approach. Finally, they can practice scenarios that simulate some everyday situations that parent can help their child.
Voice technology is an affordable and user-friendly technology accessible by more of the community such as older people, children and those with physical challenges. It is becoming ubiquitous, with over 3 billion people using voice-activated search and assistants worldwide, and it is predicted that it will be 5 billion in 2021. According to Google, 20% of all mobile queries are already voice-activated search.
It is known that half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14. By applying voice technology, we can intervene early to guide parents with the necessary knowledge to support their children's emotional development. That has the potential to have a significant economic and societal impact.
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