A compiled version of my thesis project on the development of an affordable and effective design solution to help pediatric pain management.
Anxiety increases the duration, intensity, and trauma of an already painful experience. There are 6 main sources of anxiety:
Working with a psychologist from the Sloane Kettering pediatric ward we storyboarded a typical hospital stay from the perspective of the child. The storyboard proved to show one major underlying issue: a lack of effective communication.
An object can become a tool for communication between children and adults. The more creativity and visual information it offers the greater the potential for successful verbal and nonverbal communication.
The objects, consisting of a stress ball, hot pack, ice pack, acupressure massager, and distraction tool, are each identified with a color, name, personality and washable surface for writing and drawing. These characters help children learn to associate their pain with an option of solutions; putting control back in their hands, and simultaneously teaching them that pain management is a process.