Loes Tielen first talked to stakeholders from the three universities, and then with children from the target group and their parents. Through an iterative process, she arrived at a prototype called “My Self Portrait”. It consists of two parts. On the one hand, there is a booklet explaining the workings of the brain and the lab, which children can use to get an idea of what’s in store for them. On the other hand, there is an app.
Tielen: “They use it both at home and in the lab itself. There is an explanation of each room and children can record video’s about what happens in each room to watch back at home. Afterwards, the results appear in the app in a fun way, with parents able to screen what they do and don’t want the child to see. Then children can make collages with the videos, photos and results they find interesting. They can also add questions to the doctor. If the parents and the child want so, the collages can be shared with the doctor prior to the interview. Over time, the children thus create a self-portrait, a kind of photo book about their time in the hospital.”