Play is at the very centre of a healthy child’s life. From the earliest age, playing helps children to learn, to relate to other people and to have fun. When children or teenagers are admitted to hospital, they are at their most vulnerable. They are not only ill, but are also separated from their friends and familiar surroundings. Play can really make a difference.
Play in hospital:
- Creates an environment where stress and anxiety are reduced.
- Helps the child regain confidence and self esteem.
- Provides an outlet for feelings of anger and frustration.
- Helps the child understand treatment and illness. Through play, children are able to effectively learn the sensory and concrete information they need to prepare for hospital procedures and treatment.
- Aids in assessment and diagnosis.
- Speeds recovery and rehabilitation