Delivering entertainment, distraction, and happiness
Starlight Gaming delivers happiness to seriously ill children by providing hours of fun and distraction playing Nintendo video games and streaming their favorite movies and TV shows through Netflix and Hulu, by themselves or with a group of other kids.
For more than 29 years, Starlight's Gaming stations have been specially manufactured to meet strict infection safety protocols and roll anywhere in the hospital - and now, they have gotten even more portable with the latest iteration, the Starlight Nintendo Switch handheld.
Doctors, nurses, clinicians, and child life specialists are able to use Starlight Gaming stations in a variety of settings from the ER, to a playroom or treatment room, and even bedside for a patient in isolation.
Starlight Kid Chris was born with special needs and development delays. 17 years later, Chris needed orthopedic surgery to repair his scoliosis. During his stay at Shriners Hospital for Children - Portland, he loved getting to play on the new Starlight Nintendo Switch handheld and allowed his love for video games to remain a part of his life - even while he was in the hospital.
“The Starlight gaming stations are an incredible and unique tool that helps turn a sick or injured child’s pain, fear and stress into smiles and laughter...so, we are thrilled and thankful to Starlight Children’s Foundation for this generous gift.”
– Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Orthopedic Institute for Children
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Highly interactive experiences engage children through mastery and achievement
Playing popular games provides children a much-needed sense of relief and distraction from stressful situations
Gaming gives pediatric patients an opportunity to connect with their siblings, peers, and clinicians
Playing video games provides structure, familiarity, and security during hospitalization
Video games redirect a child’s focus, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved mood
Engaging with games that require user participation leads to less perception of pain at the central brain level
Unique features of the gaming system allow physical therapists to capitalize on their patients’ functional abilities in a fun way