Change Talk: Childhood Obesity™ (Change Talk) is an online and mobile app designed to help health professionals learn to manage challenging family and patient conversations regarding childhood obesity and its attendant risk factors.
It is built as a virtual practice environment in which healthcare providers assume the role of a physician and engage in a conversation where they decide what to say to a mother and her son – virtual humans who possess individual personalities, emotions and memories. Their goal is to apply Motivational Interviewing (MI) tactics to address the family’s resistance and create actionable opportunities for behavior change. Change Talk is designed to realistically simulate the experience and behaviors of practicing professionals, patients, and caregivers in real life situations.
Change Talk is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (ihcw.aap.org) and Kognito (kognito.com), leaders in immersive learning experiences with virtual humans that drive positive change in health behaviors.