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(June 12, 2018)
By incorporating Cognoa into its family benefits program, SAP empowers employees to better support their children’s developmental growth during critical early childhood years
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cognoa, a digital behavioral health company, today announces its partnership with SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software. More than 19,000 SAP employees in North America will now have access to Cognoa’s app to help their children reach their full potential - socially, emotionally and developmentally. Cognoa empowers employees with clinically validated and personalized resources to assess, track and support their children’s unique developmental growth.
Cognoa fills a void in behavioral healthcare and support for parents during early childhood years. When developmental delays are detected within the critical early intervention window between infancy and five years of age, treatments have the greatest potential for improved, lifelong outcomes. However, despite recommendations from the American Pediatrics Association to regularly screen all children for delays starting at nine months of age, less than half of all children under the age of three are screened by their pediatrician. With the Cognoa app, parents can screen for delays in speech, language, behavior and cognitive abilities, as well as identify early signs of more significant delay including autism and ADHD - in children as early as 18 months old. Parents can then share this information with their pediatricians to expedite an earlier diagnosis and treatment, if necessary.
“Cognoa is making it easier for our employees to build healthy and happy families,” said Jason Russell, Total Rewards Director, SAP North America. “All parents share similar hopes, daily challenges and stress when raising young children. There’s a tremendous sense of reassurance and relief that comes with parents knowing they are informed and equipped with clinically-backed resources to support them and the healthy development of their children every day.”
Parents and caregivers use Cognoa to assess and track their child’s unique developmental progress and receive a personalized roadmap which includes research-based activities to encourage progress and optimum growth. Cognoa also assists parents of children between one and eight years old with everyday challenges that impact the well-being of the whole family, such as sleeping issues, separation anxiety, eating struggles, socialization and how to best handle tantrums.
“Parents are on the frontlines of their children’s developmental health, but they are missing the support they need, when they need it most,” said Brent Vaughan, CEO of Cognoa. “This is a new category of family benefits for the underserved yet crucial childhood years when the impact of early detection and personalized treatments can be life-changing. We’re empowering parents to help bridge the gaps in today’s standard of care to support the healthy behavioral development of their children. Our partnership is another example of how SAP is taking initiative in addressing employee well-being and family health. We’re proud to support SAP families while contributing to the innovative, inclusive, empathetic workplace of SAP.”
Year after year, SAP is ranked amongst the top-rated companies to work. In 2017, SAP America ranked number 28 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List and is placed on the top 5 of Indeed’s Top-Rated Tech Companies to Work For in 2018.
“Cognoa gives us a sustainable way to improve our employees’ foundational understanding of developmental health and really engage them at a new, personal level in our neurodiversity culture,” said Jose H. Velasco, VP Products and Innovation, SAP Autism at Work. “It will be another reason why SAP is known as a top company to work for - and that makes us very proud.”
SAP’s internationally-recognized Autism at Work program launched in May 2013 to hire and support employees living with autism. To date, SAP has provided opportunities, ranging from full-time jobs to student programs, to more than 300 individuals with autism at over 23 program locations worldwide. The company has led cross-industry collaborations, such as the annual Autism at Work Summit, and is co-founder of the Autism Employer Roundtable, centered around increasing neurodiversity inclusion in the workplace.
Cognoa develops AI-based digital diagnostics and personalized therapeutics that provide accurate, earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments to improve outcomes and lower behavioral healthcare costs. Its first clinically-validated algorithm-based device identifies autism as early as 18 months of age, when early intervention has the greatest potential for improved lifelong outcomes, over two and half years sooner than the national average age of 4.1 years. Cognoa is working with clinicians to offer additional precision medicine capabilities for faster behavioral health diagnostics and more personalized therapeutics, enabling greater opportunities for life-changing outcomes. Cognoa also provides a child development app which is available to parents through their employers. Cognoa has been used by over 250,000 families to date. For more information, visit www.cognoa.com.
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