Play specialists bring joy and happiness to children who might be in hospital for a long time.
They use play as a therapeutic tool to help children understand their illness and treatment. They lead play activities with children and young people who are in hospital or attending a hospital or clinic.
Depending on their role and level of responsibility, they would
- organise daily play and art activities in the playroom or at the bedside
- use play to maintain a child’s level of development during illness
- help children deal with their anxieties and feelings
- use play to prepare children for hospital procedures
- observe children while playing to help healthcare staff monitor their progress
- encourage peer group friendships
- organise parties and special events