What is Esteem?
Esteem is a mobile app for caregivers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) and other behavioral challenges. The Esteem app allows a user to select the disorders and behavioral issues impacting their child, identify opportunities for improvement, and track progress. Esteem was developed by behavioral health professionals to provide a quick method for caregivers to monitor and manage their families’ mental health.
How does Esteem work?
An Esteem user may download the mobile app or use the web interface and create a free account and create a profile by completing a questionnaire about their child’s symptoms, diagnoses, and challenges. These challenges may range from lack of focus to poor school performance to inconsistent sleep to unpredictable mood and beyond.
This data is used to create a personalized plan that recommends specific parenting techniques to help the child improve behavior and self-regulation skills.
Esteem can also be used to find therapists and parenting coaches.
Who is Esteem for?
Esteem is for caregivers of children with ADHD and other behavioral disorders. It can be helpful with children of all ages, but is particularly geared toward children aged 6 to 12.
How much does Esteem cost?
The Esteem app is free. It includes optional paid integrations with other parenting and health apps.
What studies have been done on Esteem?
There is no research specifically on Esteem. The creators of Esteem cite a series of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of using web-based apps to track and share information between parents, teachers and doctors.
Several of these studies1 were done by a team at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which showed that web-based training and symptom monitoring2 could significantly improve children’s ADHD symptoms as well as the quality of care3 provided by doctors.
Where can I learn more about Esteem?
You can learn more about Esteem at https://www.chooseesteem.com.
1Epstein JN, Kelleher KJ, Baum R, et al. Impact of a Web-Portal Intervention on Community ADHD Care and Outcomes. Pediatrics. 2016;138(2):e20154240. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-4240
2Epstein, Jeffery N et al. “The myADHDportal.com Improvement Program: An innovative quality improvement intervention for improving the quality of ADHD care among community-based pediatricians.” Clinical practice in pediatric psychology vol. 1,1 (2013): 55-67. doi:10.1037/cpp0000004
3Epstein JN, Langberg JM, Lichtenstein PK, Kolb R, Altaye M, Simon JO. Use of an Internet portal to improve community-based pediatric ADHD care: a cluster randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2011;128(5):e1201
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