Linear story telling is an excellent way to keep younger children entertained. Story writing is one of Jungle Interactives area of expertise. Stories are an excellent way to keep children distracted and calm in waiting, operating and recovery areas.
We can create bespoke stories to tie into the hospital or even a specific area or medical procedure. Combing story writing with character design can be a powerful way to give a cohesive feel to the hospital and its entertainment and distraction tools.
Stories can either be turned into books that parents can read to children or children can read themselves or play specialists can read to a group of children. Or they can be turned into short videos or animations.
Videos to help explain medical procedures
When a child is about to go into hospital to undergo a medical procedure it is understandable if they feel nervous, anxious and a little unsure. And that uncertainty can often be caused by a lack of knowledge as to what is going to happen to them. An explanation by a parent or doctor can go some way to help alleviate their worry, but a video can do so much more.
Not only can it help visualise a step by step approach to the procedure, it can also show exactly where it will take place and who will be involved on the day. And if they can access this video before the event, from the comfort of their home, it will give them time to process what will happen and allow them to discuss and ask their parents and medical staff informed questions to reassure and put them at their ease.
And what’s more, we can make multiple versions of each video, in a cost-effective way, to match the different ages and cognitive abilities of the patients. For example, a version presented by puppets or animated characters using simpler language is more relevant and helpful to younger children and those with additional needs. Whereas a more straightforward documentary style with an age appropriate voice over narration is better suited to older children
Our job is to work with the hospital staff to create meaningful and supportive videos in a style and format that works for the staff, the children and their families, making each child’s experience in hospital as positive and enjoyable as possible.
There are several ways stories can be turned into short videos. Animation is especially great when the hospital has a character set or style to work with. Another way is by having a celebrity (maybe one that has links to the hospital) read the story and illustrating this with bespoke artwork. A third way is combining illustrations with some animation and add a voice over to tell the story.
Audio and Narration
Of course, stories can also be turned into audio books. We can do this efficiently and effectively by working together with our sister company Jungle Studios. Audio books are great for operating theatres, MRI scans and other areas where a child needs to be distracted for a longer period of time without being able to move much.
Besides being able to write and create bespoke stories we are also able use copyright free existing ones.
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