Tiny Docs is heartfelt in our commitment to helping kids get through intimidating medical treatments more successfully and with less fear. We fill a void in the pediatric world that doctors and other healthcare practitioners say is very much needed.
Imagine on the day of an operation, a six-year old girl named Alina is frightened reflecting the worry she feels from her mom. The doctor, meaning well and very experienced, keeps to facts but is unable to deal with the extent of fear and emotion of both parents and child. The child resists the pre-operation activities making it difficult to insert IV lines and tears ensue. Nurses are comforting but no one has told Alina what will happen in a way she can understand. Fear creates stress hormones and tension that make the operation more difficult. Fear of the unknown makes this worse. Alina feels alone, abandoned by mom and dad and afraid of all these new people around her doing things that hurt her. Afterwards she is okay but the fear and hurt remain.
Imagine the same story if her parents had used Tiny Docs to explain the operation's purpose and the procedures. Alina could be "brave" so she will be better and will be able to prepare herself for all the known activities that will occur. She will also know that her parents are taking care of her and will be there when she returns. Watching Tiny Docs as much as she needs to help her understand would help the doctors, her recovery, the operation itself and ease her parents fears as well.
The team at Tiny Docs has a simple mission - to create a healthier, happier planet. We know that the medical world can be intimidating, especially for children, so we’re providing a solution to that problem with a long-term global focus on educating children across the world on health and wellness. Tiny Docs is a web platform that provides resources to educate kids and families about health issues and surgical procedures without the confusing 'doctor-ese'. Our site will offer short cartoons featuring our stars, Dr. Patches, a precocious 9-year-old girl physician and her sidekick, Nurse Scrubs, an 8-year-old boy wonder nurse. Our library of cartoons will educate kids (and parents) about a wide range of health issues in an unique and effective way.
Our team includes pediatricians, nurses, child psychologists, dentists, pharmacists, and child life specialists to ensure that all of our content is both medically sound and addresses the most common, critical issues facing children.
Why this is important?
Kids all over the world walk into healthcare facilities fearful of the unknown. Unfortunately, doctors and nurses don't always speak in a language that a child can understand. As a result, it compounds the fear and stress that a child experiences and it affects the entire family. Fear and stress for a child going into a procedure could lead to emotional trauma or even less engagement with the healing/treatment plan afterward. Allowing children to feel involved and informed about what is happening to and around them will help them feel more control and hopefully feel more enthused about being healthy overall.
Tiny Docs is designed to allay this fear by educating in a language that a child can understand and our aim is to bring a sense of relief and empowerment for the entire family. Check out an article here that highlights the problem and the effectiveness of our proposed solution: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ccp/43/4/511/.
Who am I?
I'm a professional dreamer. In a not so past life, I was a big law attorney in Chicago. Every day I woke up and dreaded going to work. Some of you are probably familiar with the feeling. Ever since I can remember, I envisioned living not just a good life, but a meaningful one. In order to do that, however, I needed to be passionate about where I focused my energy. I was not passionate about the law so I had two options: continue practicing law and give up on living a big grand life or do something else--something that I was passionate about. I chose the latter.
I found my passion in Tiny Docs and helping kids and their family's. And with Tiny Docs we aim to solve a global problem. With your help, we can help kids educate kids all around the world about health issues in a language that they can understand.
To start, we need to produce three adventures featuring Dr. Patches and Nurse Scrubs. To make our first cartoons, we need you.
Our creatives and healthcare professionals are collaborating to deliver fun, entertaining and educational animated shorts that help children understand important health matters.
Breakdown of Budget
- Voiceover talent
- Audio recording, dubbing, soundtrack
- Post production
- 3 animated shorts (2 to 3 min length)
- Website maintenance
- Consulting fees
Our advertised Kickstarter goal is $10,000. And it would be incredible to hit our goal. Our stretch goal, however, is $100,000! If we reach our stretch goal we will be able to create 20 animated adventures available in multiple languages in addition to an iOS and Android app. Ideally, we would like to have our animated adventures available (besides English) in Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese and Mandarin.
Risks and challenges
When a child and parent visits our website or watches our cartoons, it's because they need help. We want to be their resource. This is a great responsibility and one that we take very seriously. We want our animation to be fun and entertaining, but our number one priority is to get the information right. It is paramount. So to make sure that we deliver fun, entertaining and educational content in a responsible way, we may have to amend the delivery date of our final cut. Currently, it takes about 3 weeks for us to deliver content. As we tackle more complex pediatric health challenges, it may take us a little longer to think creatively of ways to address these issues in ways that children can understand.
We are committed to making our dent in the universe through Tiny Docs! Thank you in advance for your incredible support. It truly means a lot!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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