Through play a child learns new skills, expresses thoughts and feelings, and develops understanding of life situations. A specialized type of play called healthcare play can be used to help your child understand their cancer treatment.

Healthcare play is generally done with the child life specialists at the hospital. Through individual play or group activities your child will become more familiar with her illness and treatment. The benefits of healthcare play for your child include:

  • Learning to express feelings and concerns
  • Becoming familiar with healthcare equipment and procedures
  • Increasing understanding of cancer treatments
  • Learning or practicing ways of coping with stressful or painful experiences.

Healthcare play is a powerful way to give your child a greater sense of control in coping with treatments. Talk with your child life specialist about this valuable form of play.

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