|Type 1 Diabetes Jerry the Bear|
Explaining to a three-year old what they need to avoid eating, how much of a type of food to eat, monitoring blood sugar levels, and managing insulin doses is difficult (if not impossible). However, when the child plays with Jerry the Bear, they intuitively pick up these lessons because Jerry the Bear does better or worse based on how the child interacts with the toy. Instead of just learning intellectually about their illness, the child learns through empathy as well making a complex problem easier to understand and digest for the child. Just as important, the child also has a companion who is like the child!
This year, Sproutel is launching a version of Jerry the Bear. Where the previous model was specifically designed for Type 1 Diabetes, this new model is far more extensible. Using near field communication (NFC) tags inside Jerry the Bear and a removable electronic "portal", the child can interact with Jerry the Bear by holding the portal over various body parts (see if Jerry's teeth are clean, feed him if he's hungry, watch what's happening inside his body) or using other devices on Jerry the Bear (like a toy insulin pen or epinephrine pen) while still being machine-washable!
The new Jerry the Bear will have "expansion packs" to enable stories, simulations, and reactions based on the chronic condition in the expansion pack. The currently planned packs include Type 1 Diabetes, food allergies, and asthma with more expansions possible based on community feedback and needs. They've designed Jerry the Bear to be easy to interact with at ages as young as 3 and compelling to play with for older kids as well.
This week, Sproutel is launching their pre-order sale for Jerry the Bear. If you know of a child with a chronic health condition who can benefit from Jerry the Bear, I encourage you to take a look. Kids who have close family members or friends with chronic health conditions can also benefit from playing with Jerry the Bear!}?>