Play is very important to children. It is how they learn. Encouraging play during a child's hospitalization helps make their environment feel more like home.
Suggestions to encourage play during hospitalization:
Bring a favorite toy or comfort item from home.
Use the Cardinal Glennon playrooms/teen rooms during hospitalization when your child is able to leave his or her room.
At times, a Child Life Specialist will provide medical play to help the child understand and clear up misconceptions regarding the medical center in a non-threatening and child-friendly manner.
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