In collaboration with the Charlie Braveheart Foundation and Studio Bibi van der Velden, Dutch designer Josephine de Fijter has conceptualized a sensory object. That aims to prevent the child from enduring a traumatizing experience during medical care.
Medical encounters can leave a deep mark on the psyche of a child. They are often unnecessary frightening and stressful. The main aim is to bring autonomy back to the child by giving them a method of expression. The child receives the cuddle that will give them supported breathing throughout the examination. Rhythmic breathing exercises can have a long-term positive effect on our well-being. It stimulates brain regions that enable us to regulate our emotions.
The object is also designed to connect children and doctors towards a trusting relationship. Being medically trained, pediatricians are in need of empathy tools and resources to read the emotional state of a child. Aiki gives the doctor visual cues to understand the height of fear the child is residing in. Measuring the child's breathing tempo which translates into gradually changing the color of the object.
For DDW 2020 we have assembled several panel talks with interdisciplinary speakers. Together, exploring how the design and health industry can collaborate to prevent and lower the stress-related symptoms linked to traumatic experiences.