Researcher Profile: Charlotte Dickson / by DHW Lab

For her 2015 honours project Charlotte Dickson designed a set of interactive picture books that tell the story of a little girl named Lin and her experiences of visiting the Outpatients’ Department at Starship Children’s Hospital after breaking her arm. Hospitals can be scary places, especially for children whose imaginations often run away with them.

Lin’s story aims to relieve children’s fears and engage them in their treatment experiences by giving them honest information in a fun and friendly format. The five stages of Lin’s treatment are explained in five short modules that children can collect as they progress through their own treatment journey.

Children can also stamp the last page of each module as they complete the relevant stage of treatment. The illustrations include elements for children to colour in, helping to combat the boredom of the hospital waiting room, while allowing them to make the book their own.

Once children complete their treatment the book becomes a treasured keepsake of a childhood milestone.