An innovative app called Change Talk: Childhood Obesity serves as an interactive teaching tool for health professionals learning Motivation Interviewing (MI) techniques in a virtual simulation environment in order to effect behavior change.
Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, Change Talk is an exciting platform providing practitioners with an inexpensive and accessible opportunity to gain experience and to practice the evidence-based, patient-centered techniques of Motivating Interviewing. After a general tutorial, the user experiences different sessions with virtual-cartoon like patients and acts as the practitioner to make decisions on how to interact and move through MI stages. The patient/parents respond in a manner based on the choices made by the user (the practitioner). When the virtual sessions are completed, feedback is given to the user on the choices they made.
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