Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™
By DesignWise Medical
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The Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ app provides an interactive, virtual way for kids and teens to engage with the latest in integrative medicine techniques and activities to assist in the management of symptoms they may be experiencing.
Kids and families are increasingly interested in options to improve health and wellness that involve taking fewer pills and that involve supporting their body’s natural, internal healing systems. Scientific studies demonstrate that kids and teens can learn to harness their own body and mind’s healing capacities in order to heal themselves! Children and their parents are seeking more natural ways to treat medical and emotional challenges.
The Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ is the answer--combining kid-friendly activities and pre-recorded audio exercises and instructions that teach self-care skills. The Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ (mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch platforms) offers an interactive, virtual way for kids and teens at home, in a doctor’s office, or in the hospital, to learn and immediately benefit from self-care techniques to manage common symptoms like pain, worries, nausea, fatigue and trouble sleeping.
The Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ contains several integrative medicine techniques adapted for use by children and teens that are quick and effective for symptom control so kids can get back to doing what they like to do--and need to do each day. The techniques included in this mobile app are designed by leaders in the field of Pediatric Integrative Medicine (Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists and Child Life Specialists) and have been tested for years in several leading Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The app leads kids through these various techniques and activities, plus, the Healing Buddies™ make it a fun and engaging experience.
Techniques that kids will learn that are included in the Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ include:
-Mental Imagery/Visualization: in this technique kids/teens will learn to use the power of their imagination to effect changes in physical and emotional activity.
-Relaxation Exercises: with these breathing and muscle control techniques, kids/teens will learn to calm down and balance the body and the nervous system which helps to reduce symptoms of pain and nausea, improves sleep and can have a powerful effect on controlling & even eliminating worries
-Acupressure: acupressure is part of the ancient Chinese medical system and involves applying pressure to “special points” on the body which in turn releases helpful chemicals and induces nervous system changes that can help to reduce pain, nausea, and anxiety
-Aromatherapy: aromatherapy, which involves smelling oils made from plants, has been around in most cultures for thousands of years. Smelling certain kinds of scented oils offers another tool for kids/teens to use to control unwanted symptoms/feelings
-Positive Self-Talk: this involves learning to be a “self-coach” and harnesses the power of positive thinking
The creation of the mobile app has been a collaborative effort of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Ridgeview Medical Center, and DesignWise Medical.
What's New in Version 1.1
Adjusted display issues for iPhone 5.
Very useful for helping kids and families cope with medical issues. Great interface to match feelings to coping techniques. It provides an overview of each method and then detailed steps a child (or anyone) can follow.