A new child-friendly app lets children and families become familiar with Tucson Medical Center facilities as well as understand the complicated medical terminology that doctors and nurses use. KidSpeak is designed to help promote a positive health care experience for children and their families.
“Here at TMC for Children, our goal is always to provide the best care for any patient and family that walks through our doors,” said Heather Roberts, Child Life supervisor. “KidSpeak is an amazing app with a lot to offer the children and families of Tucson.”
The app includes virtual tours allowing children to see ahead of time the many different areas of the hospital to reduce anxiety during their stay. A glossary of terms is available to help children make sense of complicated hospital terminology.
Children can then take it to a drawing board that features different organ systems of the human body that doctors, child life specialists and others can use. The drawing board is designed to help kids understand the reason for their illness or hospitalization, their diagnosis and treatment.
“This can reduce kids’ anxiety”, said Roberts, “and help them feel more comfortable during a stay.”
KidSpeak is a free app available in the Apple and Android app stores. Funding was made possible through the TMC Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.