Digesting Science new activity: Helping families understanding Covid-19 & MS

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Digesting Science is our educational project to teach families about MS in fun, engaging ways. It is aimed at 6-12 year olds but explains some complex science in really simple, straightforward ways.

New Covid-19 Digesting Science activity

We’ve recently launched a new online activity which explains:

  1. The immune system and how white blood cells fight infections like coronavirus.
  2. How you get immunity to a virus.
  3. Whether treating MS makes you more vulnerable to coronavirus

The activity is intended to be fun and easy to complete (in under 30 mins) so we encourage you to give it a go with your family. Let us know how you get on!

Paediatric MS Online Events

As we can’t organise any face to face Digesting Science events at the moment, we’ve been supporting services to engage their families remotely. Last week we helped launch a monthly series of online events for young people with MS covering topics of Covid-19, emotion, diet & lifestyle and cognitive changes in school and MS.

8 families took part from Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital with young people ranging from 13 to 18 years old. The session was facilitated by our team, their MS Nurses and Clinical Psychologists. The young people and their families met MouseDoctor and completed the new activity before going into digital break out rooms to have discussions with other young people.

One young person said after the event:

“I had great fun learning about MS and Covid-19, it made it easy to understand how it affects me”

Sarah Crichton, an MS Nurse from Evelina, said:

“The launch of these monthly events was a huge success and I hope it can become a platform for young people and their families to access regular teaching on topics of their choosing, and a space to meet others in a similar position to them.”

The evaluation and feedback from the young people was largely positive with all of the participants reporting the new Digesting Science activity as either “useful” or “very useful” which is a great success.  

We’re particularity interested in measuring if completing the Digesting Science activity can increase the level of confidence a family has when talking about MS. Before the activity most participants reported that they were “somewhat” confident about talking about MS and covid-19, and after the activity, they were generally “confident” or “very confident” about talking about MS and covid-19.

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  • I love the idea of this but I’ve never tried it as I’m worried my kids would be more concerned about me after doing the activities…

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