ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022
Using gamification and play to reduce anxiety related to patient medical appointments and hospital admissions
What’s on offer?
A playful workshop aimed at children aged 7-11 and their guardians, to explore strategies to reduce patient (children) anxiety around medical appointments and admissions. Featuring specially designed sessions of Jenga, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and virtual reality experiences to explore and address personal anxieties around medical appointments.
What is it about?
Anxiety around medical appointments and admissions can affect children in different ways, from preventing them from seeking the medical attention they need to causing distress and worry. It can be difficult to know how to help these anxieties.
Evidence shows that structured play can empower people to discuss and examine their feelings, to help understand and address them. Virtual reality can help ease anxiety through providing an immersive distraction, or by creating a virtual ‘practice run’ for appointments. In this session, you and your child/ren will try out these fun techniques, led by expert facilitators and hopefully leave with a few new tricks and strategies.
Participants will receive a bag of LEGO® to take away with them, along with a google cardboard headset.
Please note, this is an opportunity to explore new techniques for managing mild anxiety, this is not a medical or psychiatric intervention or treatment.
Who is leading the event?
- Dr Holly Henderson, Lecturer and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator
- Dr Heidi Singleton, Lecturer in Children and Young Peoples Nursing
- Professor Debbie Holley, Professor of Learning Innovation
Who is this event open to?
Children aged 7-11 years to be accompanied by an adult (parent or carer) at all times.
Saturday 12 November, 10am
Bournemouth University Gateway Building
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