OU Children’s provides new technology for children dealing with mental health crises

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New technology at OU Children’s Hospital is focused on making experiences safer when a child is in the midst of a behavioral health crisis.

“Sudoku word search, math, a few occasions with checkers,” said Karen Webb of OU Health.

“It’s appropriate for a wide range of ages,” said Dr. Robyn Cowperthwaite of OU Health.

There are rooms specially designed for children.

“These children come in during a crisis and are very upset, sad, depressed and excited,” said Dr. Cowperthwaite.

These three new hospital rooms give parents peace of mind knowing exactly where to take their child during a behavioral health crisis.

“This allows the child to control the environment,” Webb said.

A room focuses on de-escalation and healing while they are in a safer environment.

“We have watch features so they can orientate themselves based on the child’s age,” Webb said.

A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics says that 13% of children’s psychiatric visits in the hospital last longer than 12 hours, which OU Health hopes to ease.

“The most exciting thing we think is that the kid will be able to express themselves instead of using a regular pen and pencil, which can cause a problem,” Webb said.

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