Lisa Mollica has twenty years of user experience design specializing in the science of human motivation and incentive design. KidCash is her main product which has been breaking barriers for both parents and teachers alike. She is currently the Head of Product Design at Arianna Huffington's new wellness company, Thrive Global and hopes to continue to create products that make the world a better place.
AWESOME FOR AUTISM....As a teacher, philanthropist, wife, and mother of a 12 year old boy with Aspergers...I can honestly say that KidCash is truly a blessing! Growing up, my son struggled with fairness and motivation to accomplish daily tasks. He wanted to see some reward..some sense of gratification..for his good citizenship and daily triumphs. His teacher was also grappling with the same issues, since all of her students were somewhere on the spectrum. How could you teach core values when students need a catalyst...a motivation to "feel" the magnitide of what they are doing? After using KidCash successfully at home, I decided to share to with my son's teacher. She created a wall chart for each student and gave each student a wallet to keep track of their earned money. She added a chart that contained a "price list" of how much each good deed and chore in class was valued at so students could see how much money they would earn. His teacher displayed prizes that could be earned with the money. Special privileges could also be attained with the money, like pizza and using a Nintendo 3D SXL during recess. After awhile, students were doing things they were supposed to do...naturally. Working towards a prize became working to better yourself and your greater community. How amazing is that?? KidCash broke barriers for these students...it worked for students who had responded to not much else prior...There was a real buzz about it with the kids and parents alike..kids who rarely spoke wanted to talk to their parents and peers about how much they earned and how they got there and what they planned to use their money for. It was a big miracle in a small package...it helped connect a teacher to her students and students to their parents..but more importantly, Kid Cash helped students with Autism connect to themselves..and that's monumental...for that... KidCash is worth it's weight in gold..
Ranked #8 by Additude Magazine's list of ADHD-Friendly Presents to Build Your Child’s Brain, they write: "Everyone knows kids with ADHD do great with rewards, but it can be a struggle for parents to implement systems that work for each child’s unique needs. Enter KidCash, a simple incentive system based on real-world economic principles. When your child behaves well, you reward her with realistic looking 'cash' that can be exchanged for candy, device time, or put in savings. When she misbehaves, you can present her with 'tickets' that can be paid for with cash she’s already earned. Your child will feel all grown up controlling her own 'money,' and start to understand the consequences for her actions, too."
Graduated BA/MD program at Brooklyn College CUNY on a Full Foundation Scholarship, Carl Kruger Senator Award recipient and has been working in the field of User Experience Design since 1997.
Lisa Mollica is the proud wife of a Lieutenant in the FDNY with two beautiful children and a dog living in Brooklyn NY.