Whole Child Approach to Design: New Insights & Learnings
The pandemic has had a powerful impact on young people, illuminating existing inequities in society. In this document, we focus on how design can solve for educational, physical and mental health, as well as social inequities for children and young adults. The research and solutions shared are fueled by a series of roundtables with outside experts exploring these issues and beyond.
Our design team framed these conversations around the Whole Child approach, which ensures that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. These roundtables focused on how we can change the way children and youth interact with their physical environments to address disparities through design. We spoke to a diverse set of individuals from across the U.S.: educators and thought leaders from the spectrum of education (K-12 through post-secondary), pediatric hospital leaders and clinicians, child and adolescent mental health experts and social workers. And most importantly, we spoke directly to students. In this document we highlight key takeaways from these conversations and how we can use design to support a Whole Child approach in different types of environments.
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