Fun app wins Serious award

Minda’s Fun With Feelings app has won the Indie category in the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge Australasia.

The app supports emotion education and regulation for adults with intellectual disability. Its Australasian accolade means it is now up for consideration in the Serious Games international awards event in Florida, USA, in late November.

The Serious Games Showcase and Challenge recognises excellence in Serious Games development and aims to foster creativity and innovation in the field.

The Australasian event was held in Sydney in late August and was attended by Southern Disability Support psychologist Sarah Burton and Scott Cabot from Boxhead Productions, who worked on developing the app.

Sarah says the event generated some good interested in the app and in the work of Minda.

“Myself and Scott spoke to about 50 people while on the booth at the showcase,” she says. “A range of attendees from universities, start-ups, health and defence organisations came over to chat and, as a psychologist, I was able to explain the on-the-ground applications of the app.”

Minda Chief Executive Officer Cathy Miller says the allied health team continues to provide outstanding health and wellbeing outcomes for the people Minda supports. “I have been so pleased to see some exciting initiatives from the team,” Cathy says.

“Three apps have been developed, My Feelings, the My Feelings Companion Tool and Fun with Feelings to meet the need of people with intellectual disability who have been adopting technology at an increasing rate.

“In finding that many emotion regulation apps were either too complex, or inappropriate due to a focus on children, SDS developed the free apps to support emotion education and regulation for adults with intellectual disability. They also aim to facilitate discussion between a user and their support person/s and be a reference tool for the user to increase their independence.”

The app is available for download on ipad from the itunes store.