Basics and Beyond: Creative Ways to Use Medical Play In and Out of the Hospital
Research shows that children facing medical procedures experience less anxiety and increased cooperation when given the opportunity to participate in medical play. Learn how to share the importance of this task with medical staff, and how the basics of medical play can be expanded upon to bring support to children both in and out of the hospital setting.
■ Describe the purpose of medical play in a traditional child life setting.
■ Discuss the basics of medical play and how it is commonly used in hospitals and other medical settings, as well as be able to explain the difference between directed medical play and non-directed medical play.
■ Demonstrate ways to adapt medical play to fit the needs of each child, and how to expand upon the basics to bring unique medical play experiences to their patients.
■ Take medical play out of the hospital and into school visits, community outreach programs, fundraisers, and more.