"Play for Sick Children" offers a unique insight into the crucial work of the play specialist. It examines the repercussions of being ill and receiving treatment experienced by children and their families, and highlights the importance of receiving quality play opportunities to counter these negative effects. The author proposes that play should be a high priority for those working in hospitals and other healthcare settings, and challenges other professionals to acknowledge, understand, accept and value the play specialist's role within the multidisciplinary team. The book explores the history of play in hospital, outlines the basic techniques and practical approaches used in working with sick children and young people, and identifies and discusses key theoretical and practical elements of the ever-changing role of the play specialist. This all-encompassing resource will be of great value to the ever growing and dedicated community of professionals who provide play, information and emotional support for sick children and their families.
Acknowledgements.; Introduction.; Chapter 1. Socio-Historical Perspectives on Children and the Experience of Being in Hospital.; Chapter 2. What Play Specialists Do - and What they Don't.; Chapter 3. The Effects of Being in Hospital on Children and Young People.; Chapter 4. More Than Just Playing - The Importance of Normalizing Play.; Chapter 5. Emotional Support and the 'Art' of Distraction.; Chapter 6. Imparting Information.; Chapter 7. In conclusion...; References.; Index.