RespireAR™ “يا رايق Be Cool” Pilot Program

Digital therapy addressing anxiety in children

The Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI), together with Muvik Labs, are excited to announce their first collaboration: a bespoke version of Muvik Labs’ immersive BreathConductor™digital therapy for stress resilience fully customised in Arabic for children and adolescents. This intervention uses guided breathing as a safe, non-pharmacological way to relieve stress and enhance cognition, delivered through phone and computer technology. The program is now in full pilot with MECI in the West Bank of Palestine, with clinical trials scheduled from late Q1 and results published in 2022.

Digital therapy addressing anxiety in children

RespireAR™ “يا رايق Be Cool” Pilot Program

The Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI), together with Muvik Labs, are excited to announce their first collaboration: a bespoke version of Muvik Labs’ immersive BreathConductor™digital therapy for stress resilience fully customised in Arabic for children and adolescents. This intervention uses guided breathing as a safe, non-pharmacological way to relieve stress and enhance cognition, delivered through phone and computer technology. The program is now in full pilot with MECI in the West Bank of Palestine, with clinical trials scheduled from late Q1 and results published in 2022.

Digital therapy addressing anxiety in children

RespireAR™ “يا رايق Be Cool” Pilot Program

The Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI), together with Muvik Labs, are excited to announce their first collaboration: a bespoke version of Muvik Labs’ immersive BreathConductor™digital therapy for stress resilience fully customised in Arabic for children and adolescents. This intervention uses guided breathing as a safe, non-pharmacological way to relieve stress and enhance cognition, delivered through phone and computer technology. The program is now in full pilot with MECI in the West Bank of Palestine, with clinical trials scheduled from late Q1 and results published in 2022.

Anxiety addressing a children’s crisis

Anxiety in children is well documented as inhibiting learning capability.

For children in regions with ongoing conflict and exposure to trauma, anxiety is endemically acute. Post COVID, as children return to school, anxiety levels across the region are contributing to a mental health crisis for children and adolescents. MECI seeks to find affordable, high impact, easily scalable innovations to increase access to healing therapies and open educational opportunities for the children and communities it serves. The RespireAR™ “يا رايق Be Cool” Pilot Program is a significant and important investment by MECI in this future.

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The Pilot Program

We believe this is the first digital intervention in Arabic to use breathing to to address anxiety - purpose designed for the needs of children in the Middle East.

The Pilot consists of ongoing therapy courses of 8 to 12 weeks duration, conducted on a clinical trial basis, registered with IRSCTN. MECI program leaders have been trained to conduct the breathing sessions. The proof-of-concept trial of 8 weeks engaged 60 boys and girls, aged 6 – 10, returned significant positive results in anxiety reduction, supported by confirmatory observations of other teachers and school staff. Once this data is fully analysed, the next round of courses will commence, with a target start date of late Q1, 2022. The Pilot is under independent academic supervision and will gather real-world evidence on the effects of Muvik Labs music-guided respiration protocol for the management of symptoms related to anxiety.

BreathConductor™

Science-backed breathing AI for a safe, accessible, drug-free way to better manage stress and anxiety.

Clinical studies show that slow, rhythmic breathing positively impacts the brain and calms the stress response, and offers proven health benefits in areas such as neurological function, cardiovascular and behavioural health. Muvik’s digital breathing therapy works through physiological and psychological mechanisms to help individuals self-manage their mental and emotional responses to stress, improve focus and stay calm, and change the way they engage with their health. BreathConductor™is the suite of service offerings for Muvik clients, and RespireAR™is the configurable technology used to deliver personalised programs to client’s user groups.

Fully customised for MECI, the RespireAR™ “يا رايق Be Cool” Pilot Program’s immersive digital therapy uses short, engaging video exercises featuring science-based sound and music to help children access the benefits of deep breathing with little or no instruction. The personalised therapy content will be further adapted for adolescents, with specific interventions and stressor related customizations for this age group.

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Partners

Muvik Labs

Augmented reality technologies and music-based algorithms are revolutionising the approach to many wellness and performance challenges. Muvik Labs is a digital therapy provider pioneering adaptive multi-sensory technology and the leader in evidence-based BreathConductor™ precision respiration therapeutics. Muvik’s adaptive technology provides a unique, generative audio / video framework for multi-sensory wellness coaching, and guided breathing therapy using seamless and intuitive auditory feedback for personalised digital therapeutics. Muvik Labs is unlocking audio’s potential to empower.

MECI

MECI is a Swiss and US registered NGO that acts as a long-term catalyst committed to lessening the human cost of Middle East conflict, poverty and violence, child by child, school by school, community by community. MECI offers breakthrough moments where hope is the inspiration and education the means. For 15 years, MECI has conducted educational programs in 5 schools in the Bani Zaid governorate of the West Bank, through a child centred, community-based holistic model which embraces women as powerful agents of change. MECI puts psychosocial support (PSS) and individual healing at the core of its educational programs. The RespireAR™“يا رايق Be Cool” Pilot is MECI’s first digital innovation in its PSS curriculum.

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