Photo: Flickr / Inspire Kelly

Photo: Flickr / Inspire Kelly

APP Helps Seriously Ill Children

Children with a disease of the immune system, who are receiving aftercare after a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, are at significant risk for complications after hospital discharge. Therefore, daily communication of physical parameters (fever, pain, fluid intake etc.) to clinicians is decisive to enable early identification of behavioral changes which precede manifest symptoms of diseases. The project INTERACCT (person responsible for the project at the University of Vienna: Helmut Hlavacs, Faculty of Computer Science) specifically focused on supporting patients’ compliance by designing a child friendly information and communication tool in the form of an APP, which reminds the children to transmit their data and motivates them with entertaining video games. Continue reading

Photo: Helene Souza / pixelio.de

Photo: Helene Souza / pixelio.de

Children and Adolescents with Caring Responsibilities

Up to now, little attention has been paid to the situation of children and adolescents with caring responsibilities in Austria. The aim of the project “Young Carers” (persons responsible for the project at the University of Vienna: Hanna Mayer & Martin Nagl-Cupal) was, in a first step, to gain insight into the situation of children and adolescents with caring responsibilities in Austria. In subsequent phases of the project, support measures for this target group were developed, tested in a pilot study and evaluated. Continue reading

Limits and Opportunities of Multilingualism

In the course of the seminar “Limits and Opportunities of Multilingualism” (person responsible at the University of Vienna: Eva Vetter, Department for Teacher Education), teaching education students of all fields develop competences in the area of multilingualism. The aim is to support children and adolescents in acquiring the educational language German in the context of individual and societal multilingualism. Concomitantly to the seminar, students develop learning offers for adolescent refugees and support them in conducting their homework or preparing for tests. The learning offers are being implemented by the students at the UniClub (organized by the Vienna University Children's Office GmbH). Continue reading