Our most touching use of the puppet was with a 5 year old boy with
medulloblastoma. He was frightened and upset, and receiving chemotherapy.
Our puppet's name is Larry and our patient learned how to go through his
treatment using the puppet for role play....I do not think that this little boy would have made it through treatment without the puppet. We thank you so much for your hard work.
In addition to using the puppet with children, he brings a smile to the
faces of adults and is really a kind of mascot.
Kappy Finstuen, R.N., OCN
Deaconess Medical Center
Spokane, Washington USA
We had a 5 year old patient who was out of control - hitting, screaming -
over having her port accessed. We let her access "Jamie's" port and Jamie
acted out the same way. The patient was able to verbalize to Jamie coping
skills which Jamie then tried (successfully) - the patient was then able to
be accessed without incident.
Director, Child Life
Sunrise Children's Hospital
Las Vegas, NV USA
Medical puppet play is the ideal solution in many cases. ... It is used
to convey medical information in a simple, non-threatening manner to
toddlers, preschoolers and older children. By identifying with the puppets,
they are more likely to ask questions and express their feelings. The
puppets are used not only as a preparatory tool, but also to help children
recover from surgery or a challenging medical intervention. ... " Allan
wanted the puppet to feel like he did. He vented a lot of anger," explains
Hébert. " For
a period of ten days, he subjected Simon (the puppet) to the same treatment
given to him. Allan's anger gradually subsided.......
Interview in Centre universitaire de santé McGill, ensemble
Vol.1 No.2 July/Aug. 1997
Child Life Specialist
The Montreal Children's Hospital
Montreal, QC Canada
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