Spina Bifida Patient Interactive

Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program Research Project
University of Illinois at Chicago

I designed, created, and programmed a patient education interactive to teach children with spina bifida about their birth defect. The interactive included five chapters: (1) Spina Bifida, (2) Side Effects, (3) Nutrition, (4) Resources, and (5) Glossary. Chapters were organized so that each narrative information section was pictorially illustrated. Three interactive games reinforced the information taught within chapters 1, 2, and 3. Complicated and difficult-to-pronounce medical terminology was assembled into a glossary and placed at the end of the interactive. In addition, when these medical terms appeared throughout the interactive, they were linked to a sound clip which provided the correct pronunciation of the word. To optimize retention of content, diverse teaching strategies were incorporated to engage children with auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning style preferences.

Target Audience
Children around six years old and their parent/guardian

Content Expert
David McLone, MD, PhD, Co-Medical Director, Spina Bifida Program at Lurie Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

– Adobe Illustrator
– Adobe Photoshop
– Adobe Flash
– Adobe Soundbooth

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