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Most of the lecture seems to be stuff that you should appreciate so mainly read over the lecture (as you should do for all lectures but will only be a few flash cards for this lecture along with reading over it)

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What do play specialists do ?

  • Organise daily play and art activities in the playroom or at the bedside
  • Provide play to achieve developmental goals and minimise regression
  • Help children master and cope with anxieties and feelings
  • Use play to prepare children for hospital procedures
  • Support families and siblings
  • Contribute to clinical judgements through their play-based observations
  • Teach the value of play for the sick child
  • Encourage peer group friendships to develop


What is play preparation?

  • Is preparing children for all procedures painful or otherwise (increases stress in the short-term but reduces it long-term)
  • By the use of simple language, dolls, drawings and role play, we can show the children what is going to happen
  • By encouraging them to “act out” helps them to come to terms with what is being done to them


What does play preparation help kids do ?


What are the aims of play preparation?

  • Help the child understand illness and treatment
  • Gain the child’s trust and co-operation
  • Give the child the chance to express feelings
  • Reduce misconceptions and fantasies
  • Reduce effects of hospitalisation
  • Speeds recovery and reduces length of stay in hospital


What is play therapy and what can it do ?

  • Is encouraging children to play out their frustrations and tensions
  • Through play they can regress to some earlier time and go through events again, both in their imagination and the play activity
  • Through play they can relive experiences which they were not able to understand
  • Negative feelings can be displaced onto dolls or imaginary people and any emotions, which the child still can’t deal with, can be successfully sublimated through play