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Medikidz: Comic book characters help explain disabilities and diseases to children

I just met the Medikidz—five young superhero comic book characters that live on planet Mediland, which just happens to be shaped like the human body! This reminds me of the 1966 movie “Fantastic Voyage”, where scientists are miniaturized and travel through the bloodstream of a diplomat injured on a secret mission to try to save his life. Anyway, using the premise of your body as a place to live and these characters as experts in various body systems and their functions, Medikidz help young people learn about medical conditions in a kid-friendly way. 

Each book is titled “WHAT’S UP WITH…..” and focuses on a child who has whatever condition or disease is being featured in that book.  In “What’s up with Astra? Medikidz Explain ADHD”, the Medikidz come to the rescue of Astra, takes her by space ship to Mediland, give her a tour and explain what Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is, how it affects the brain and behavior and how medication can help.  The information in this particular book was accurate, up-to-date and used correct medical terminology, explained in understandable language and in a format that kids can relate to.

My understanding is that each of the books in the Medikidz series follows a similar pattern.  Kid has problem, kid needs help, Medikidz come to earth, take kid to Mediland, teach kid about his/her medical condition and then return kid to earth with new understanding and insight. The books, written by a team of doctors and reviewed by specialists in each respective area, are published in Great Britain. Topics include Asthma, Autism, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Scoliosis, various types of cancer and other medical conditions.  A portion of proceeds from the sales of the comic books is donated to an international charity focused on medical education.

Unfortunately, children are diagnosed every day with medical conditions that are not only difficult to understand, but even more difficult to explain.  Medikidz provides an avenue for communicating with kids, explaining medical conditions and their symptoms, exploring common treatments and medical procedures, and answering the questions most commonly asked.  Medikidz meets a definite need in the area of medical education for children.

For more information about Medikidz or to buy books, go to www.medikidz.com.  

If you come across a resource you have found helpful, please share it with other Moms through the group. 

Mark your calendar: The LD ADD Parent Support Group starts Monday, January 24th and will meet the 4th Monday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 at Savannah Educational Consultants, 149 Habersham Street in downtown Savannah.  For more information, please call me at 912-659-4687.

Have a great week and stay warm!

Laurel

 

 

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Hi Jen: Thanks for aksing

Hi Jen:

Thanks for aksing about this-- 

I do think that the MediKidz comic book would be helpful for you and your sons.  I have a copy and will bring it to the next support group meeting and you can take a look or even borrow it if you'd like. There are many other resources for kids out there, many directed at siblings.  Take a look on the CHADD website or even Amazon.  Locally, Chatham Academy at Royce has a resource library and may have something that would be appropriate that you could check out and take home.  

You raise a good point about siblings and their understanding-- ot lack thereof-- of brother's or sister's ADD and how that effects them and the family.  I have often thought a sibling support group would be nice! Alternatively maybe we can talk at the next meeting about scheduing a sibling session and we can gear the presentation and discussion to their lelvel and provide an opportunity for them to express their frustrations or ask questions.  It always helps if that kind of informtion comes from someone other than Mom! 

Maybe there are other Moms out there who have similar concerns and know about resources for siblings of children with LD or ADD that they'd like to share?  

The next Parent Support Group meetws Monday, January 23rd at 6:00 at Royce Learning Center.  See you there:)

Laurel 

 

Age group?

Laurel,

This looks interesting!  One question I have that I couldn't determine from the website was is this geared towards younger kids or older?  My son is 11 and likes comic books, but I just wasn't sure if it would be too young for him.  His maturity age is about 7, so even that age would work.  I'd also like resources for siblings to understand ADD.  I believe we talked about this in our group meeting.  I found one book for my youngest son and it was somewhat helpful, even though it was written from the perspective of a girl with a younger brother that has ADD.  My non-ADD son gets so frustrated with his brother and I've tried to explain what's going on, but he doesn't seem to grasp all of it.

Thanks,

Jenifer Paul