Case Examples of Enhancing Pediatric OCD Treatment With a Smartphone Application

Case examples that use smartphone application Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach to enhance the treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study involved a description of treatment, patient use of the application, objective assessment of clinical symptoms, and a qualitative interview with families. The authors reported the application encouraged the families to complete exposures between sessions and allowed a detailed examination of the patients’ engagement in homework assignments. Potential uses of smartphone applications to address challenges facing treatment of, and research on, OCD are discussed.

Additional information about the Anxiety Coach App available on YouTube at

Whiteside, Stephen P.H., Ale, Chelsea M., Douglas, Kristin Vickers, Tiede, Michael S., and Dammann, Julie E. (2014). Case Examples of Enhancing Pediatric OCD Treatment With a Smartphone Application. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 80-94.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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