Oishei Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with MagnusCards®, a free mobile application by Buffalo and Ontario-based company Magnusmode. MagnusCards® leverages digital how-to card decks, complete with step-by-step instructions and intuitive game design, to assist and empower people with autism and cognitive special needs as they navigate a variety of everyday situations with greater ease and independence.

With a focus on improving the overall experience for the nearly 2,000 children with autism and cognitive special needs who have visited The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital since 2010, the innovative approach to accessibility introduces patients and families to common hospital situations like a trip to the emergency or prepping for a surgical procedure.

Oishei Children’s Hospital has created five custom card decks, complete with photographs, audio and text descriptions to help kids and their families navigate various hospital situations such as:

  • Blood Draw Visit
  • Outpatient Clinic Visit
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) Procedure
  • Emergency Department Visit
  • Surgery

The free app is available for download on iOS and Android devices.