Mobile medical apps helping kids

Todd Vandenbark

Adult and child sharing an iPadUndergoing surgery can be frightening at the best of times. But for children, surgery can be terrifying. At the Shriners Hospital in Chicago, child-life specialist Kia Ferrer has developed an iPad app that will provide a kid-friendly virtual walk-through of their treatment. As noted in Medill Reports, Ferrer explains that:

“With Keynote, an iPad application similar to PowerPoint, children are able to slide through pictures of what will take place from admission to discharge. With this device I can explain surgery preparation through pictures and age-appropriate language.”

The program is designed for children ages 3 and up, and allows for increased interactivity over books.