AWCoMAD, Drexel University (USA)
Project Title: A Classroom Guide to Type 1 Diabetes
Client or Class Name: Class project: Senior Thesis - drexel.edu/westphal/
Intended Audience: Children ages 8 – 12 and Teachers/Caregivers
[short description of the project/assignment]
After a child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, one of the hardest things for parents is sending the child back to school to be in someone else’s care. Pathways is an elementary school classroom kit aimed at children ages 8 through 12 that eases this transition. Pathways aids in education and communication between parents and teachers, while educating them and the T1 child’s classmates about the disease and the different steps the T1 must take throughout the day. Teachers and caregivers are educated through a book whereby they can then teach the class. Classmates can then follow up their learning with a fun board game to help make the disease less daunting.
Included in the kit is a board game (including all components for 4 to 6 players), guide book for teachers, personalized student booklet, daily log notepad and pen.
The entire kit derives from a square, a representation of a “step”. The concept behind the board game is to teach kids that people with Type 1 diabetes can lead the same kind of life as those without, they just have a few extra steps throughout the day. This is done through two separate paths in the game, that lead to the same place. The illustrations throughout the kit make it more comfortable and relatable to children of that age to engage them in the subject.