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  • Katie Beard

    Medical play: a way to discover patients' misconceptions while also allowing them to act out their fears and/or curiosity on their doll. This allows for anxiety to be diminished and trust to form between the Child Life Specialist and patient in a safe environment. (photo via pennlive.com)

  • Jacquie Brauckmann

    Note by JB: Medical play can help children act out their fears and/or curiosity on their doll. This will give the child some feeling of control over the procedure that they will soon undergo. They may demonstrate a misunderstanding of what will happen to them during the act on the doll, and a CCLS can help the child understand what will actually happen. Trust is very important for psychosocial development.

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