Designer: Zhengnan Zhao
Context: An estimated 3,500 -4,000 children in the United States each year suffer stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.But children with disabilities can develop and achieve their full potential with assistance from the rehabilitation services.
“Kids have an ability to use new parts of the brain to take over tasks that the injured parts were doing. This ability exists in adults but not to the degree it exists in children,” Dr. Paul Gerrard, the associate medical director of New England Rehabilitation, said.
During research I found that one of the most effective ways help kids participate in rehabilitation is to keep kids motivated and engaged. And one of the best way is to give a character to the disabled part of the body to allow them to have representations of themselves. Kids can personalize Zoe by changing her dreams (into space as an astronaut, to zoo as a animal train, to Olympic Games as an athlete, etc.) And professional doctors and physical therapists can add or remove phases according to kids’ recovery conditions.
The character, Zoe, will talk to kids, remind kids to do physical therapy, and help kids go through this tough process with motivation and pleasure.
Product: Give a character to the disabled part of the body. The character, Zoe, will talk to kids, reminds kids of physical therapy, and help them go through this tough process with motivation and pleasure. It is a wearable robot connected to a IOS game. And Zoe’s story is going on. For more detail, go to http://zhengnanzhao.com/zoe-goes