A Family-Based Approach to Child Mental Health Support K-12

Bambi Francisco Roizen interviews Rebecca Egger, CEO of Little Otter. Little Otter was founded by Dr. Helen Egger, a renowned child psychiatry expert and former Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health, and her daughter Rebecca Egger, a computer scientist who previously worked on the Chan Zuckerberg Institute’s infectious disease program. The company’s services are based on proprietary reviews based on decades of research by Helen Egger.

There has been a large increase in the number of children (5-12) going to the emergency room for mental health over the past year. Little Otter hopes to provide children and families with the tools they need to recognize what is developing and what is really a problem.

Some takeaways …

– Little Otter focuses on family psychological care for children K-12. The services are 100% virtual which is great for kids. You can see a child in their bedroom; You can include multiple parents; Children can be in a comfortable and safe place. Little Otter’s superpower is its family-based approach and one-stop shop for families – all siblings and parents. Although parents are not required to be treated, they often seek therapy with their children.

– The program starts with matching children with the right care. There are many children who are overdosed and overdiagnosed. There is so much disagreement about what families need and what is provided.

– Little Otter uses technology to streamline screening, triage, and surveillance. The company’s one-on-one assessments of the children are proprietary, but the treatments adhere to evidence-based standards, such as parental interaction therapy and CBT, etc.

– The majority of mental health diagnoses and prescriptions are performed by pediatricians so Little Otter builds its relationship with many. Pediatricians connect to the company’s software to access reports and updates.

– The founders of Little Otter don’t believe mental disorders are on the rise. It’s just that more people are aware of mental health problems and the large number of children who are struggling with such mental disorders but who have not been diagnosed.

– Little Otter is currently paying cash. The price model corresponds to the current presence models, because virtual is just as good as personal. There are also value-added services such as unlimited SMS and progress tracking. To get the rating and triage, it’s a $ 90 30 minute rating. It’s not a subscription. Then you pay $ 200 per session. The company is currently in talks with the payers to obtain insurance coverage.

– What’s wrong with children’s mental health? With children, you need to provide a special platform and model of care. When you work with a child, you can’t ask how they are feeling. You need to understand how they are trying to express yourself to understand what is going on. Helen Egger developed the first assessment of mental disorders in children aged 0-7 years. What is broken is that the parents have not been able to identify the development or their child is saying in their own way, “I have an anxiety disorder?” This identification is difficult to see.

– What about social mothers and fathers shouldn’t limit their kids’ screen time when they’re not spending time with their kids. It’s not enough to just take away screen time.

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