Minecraft morphed into game to help kids and parents deal with onset of diabetes
I’ve just read an article that was published online on the 9th April, The source of the article written by Nick Wiggins of News ABC in Australia is another example how this game is helping and can help all children.
The article for which I will include the link to at the end of the post tells the story of a boy who has type 1 Diabetes which was diagnosed when he was 8 years old.
The article doesn’t say how old the boy is now but I imagine it is difficult and worrying for his parents in making sure the correct observations are taken in order to maintain a safe lifestyle.
This particular boy is helping his father Mr Wulf create a program coding which will help children with Diabetes monitor their blood glucose and insulin. They hope to create a modified version of Minecraft whereby, players walk around the world playing through stories however in this game they have the added challenge of monitoring their blood glucose and insulin while they are playing the game so they develop the habit and routine of doing this in their lives.
“They focus on playing, they focus on the story, they focus on the magic, and they just learn how to manage diabetes in the course of that,” Mr Wulf (quote from article)
Mr Wulf is hoping that the new programming will help children better understand type 1 diabetes and allow children who have friends with the condition better understand it.
The idea has created interest with a pharmaceutical company as well as perhaps trials in hospitals.
This would really be an amazing step up from just the education editions of Minecraft and I see no reason for it to stop here, there are countless things that are important for our children to learn that are vitally important to learn. Using this game helps them in a fun way.
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