Play for Sick Children: Play Specialists in Hospitals and Beyond

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Play for Sick Children offers a unique insight into the crucial work of the play specialist. It looks at the effects of being ill and receiving treatment as experienced by children and their families, and highlights the importance of receiving quality play opportunities to counter these.

Catherine Hubbuck explores the history of play in hospital, outlines the key techniques used in working with sick children and young people, and discusses core theoretical and practical elements...

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Overview

Play for Sick Children offers a unique insight into the crucial work of the play specialist. It looks at the effects of being ill and receiving treatment as experienced by children and their families, and highlights the importance of receiving quality play opportunities to counter these.

Catherine Hubbuck explores the history of play in hospital, outlines the key techniques used in working with sick children and young people, and discusses core theoretical and practical elements of the ever-changing role of the play specialist. The author proposes that play should be a high priority for those working in hospitals and other healthcare settings, and challenges professionals to acknowledge, understand, accept and value the play specialist's role within the multidisciplinary team.

This valuable resource will be essential for the ever growing and dedicated community of professionals who provide play, information and emotional support for sick children and their families.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843106548
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 644,760
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 Socio-Historical Perspectives on Children and the Experience of Being in Hospital 15

2 What Play Specialists Do - and What They Don't 35

3 The Effects of Being in Hospital on Children and Young People 63

4 More the Just Playing: The Importance of Normalizing Play 115

5 Emotional Support and the 'Art' of Distraction 157

6 Imparting Information 217

7 In Conclusion 257

References 263

Subject Index 267

Author Index 271

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