Brindi was called into a patient’s room without knowing what to expect, and came in to find a little boy who was getting a catheterization. She didn’t have time to prepare, but she had the SpellBound app on her smartphone and a SpellBound Magic Tree card slipped in her name badge.
“The patient loved it so much. He was smiling and laughing throughout the procedure. He was making the same sounds as the animals,” Brindi told us. The mother of the boy was absolutely shocked to see her son laughing through a procedure that was so uncomfortable.
"A 14 year old girl came in who needed to get blood drawn, but she had a needle phobia. The CCLS gave her a SpellBound card to distract her during the procedure.
During the procedure, the girl was playing with the card and was not even paying attention to the needle, and the mom looked at the CCLS, shocked. She's silently gesturing to the CCLS how shocked she is and the CCLS is shushing her so that the girl doesn't notice and motioning her to just let the girl keep playing. After they're done, the CCLS says "OK, we're all done!" and the girl asks "Can I keep playing with this?""
A 7 year old boy had to get an IV start in emergency situation. The CCLS gave him the mouse Journey Card and told him "Touch the mouse every time it hurts. That way when the nurse hears the mouse noise, she'll know to be gentle." He follows directions, and by the end of the procedure he's just interacting with the mouse for fun, distracted from the procedure.
“A child life specialist in the OR had a patient who was inconsolable. They pulled out the SpellBound app and the Albert the Manatee book and she immediately stopped screaming and yelling, started interacting with the book and was playing with it all the way into the OR until she got sedated to go to sleep... It opened a lot of eyes here. It impressed my staff. They said, ‘Oh, wow! This can really help us!’”
For Parents and Families
"This is an amazing way for parents to participate instead of just adding stress to the situation."
"I gave the parents and the patient each an animal on the Magic Tree card to control during the procedure, so that they all had a job to do."
“It’s not just something for the patients. It’s something for the brothers and sisters, the cousins and all the friends, to look forward to when they come to the hospital to visit. It makes the hospital less scary for them as well.”
"With the SpellBound books and cards, we are encouraging kids to use fine motor movements to interact with them. They are motivated to keep trying even if it is hard because they want to see what comes next. The “magic” of the augmented reality aspect helps the children to escape the scary or uncertain hospital environment to do something imaginative… all while doing their therapeutic exercises."
"For children with new disabilities, most have never interacted with augmented reality before so they have no baseline of what they “should” be able to do, so they don’t experience frustration at loss of abilities."
"It's awesome that these cards fit in my name badge...I always have them with me."
"Sometimes as a Child Life specialist you suddenly get called into a patient's room without knowing what to expect or what you'll need. If you carry SpellBound cards with you, you'll have something to use for distraction even if all you have with you is your phone."
"We gave our transport team SpellBound Journey Cards. They keep the cards in their wallets so that they can pull them out and use them on the go with patients."