ERIC Number: ED343689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Therapeutic Play Programme for Young Hospitalised Children.
A therapeutic play program in New Zealand aims to provide an environment that helps children cope with the stress of being in a hospital. A relatively new aspect of child health care in New Zealand, the therapeutic play program is a preventive mental health program that differs from play therapy, which is intervention for children who have an identified pathology. The therapeutic play program model transforms the potentially psychologically harmful hospital experience into a challenging experience through which the child can learn and grow. The program has the following aims: (1) to meet a child's ongoing developmental needs; (2) to help children cope with the unfamiliar hospital environment; (3) to increase children's understanding of their hospitalization and treatment; (4) to promote a sense of control, mastery, and positive self-concept; (5) to facilitate self-expression; and (6) to meet a child's need to cope with separation and deprivation. Examples of the translation of these aims into play activities are given. Contains 16 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Early Childhood Convention (5th, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 8-12, 1991).