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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources


Children coming to the hospital have questions and concerns even if they do not know how to express them. Preparation gives children information to develop coping strategies. Child Life Specialists offer children opportunities to learn about hospitalization and to express their feelings in a non-threatening way. Using soft cloths dolls, puppets, medical equipment, books and other resources Child Life Specialists provide children with hands-on experiences to rehearse upcoming events. Preparation strives to reduce children's fears and to increase their feeling of control of their environment


Soft cloth dolls are made out of cloth for children to draw on, play with, practice procedures on, and keep. These teaching dolls are suitable for all ages and are an effective method of introducing medical procedures, assessing needs, encouraging self expression, and building rapport with the child. For an introduction to soft cloth dolls, please contact the Child Life staff in your area.