Childhood Cancer Foundation is delighted to fund the play specialist on the Haemo Oncology Day Unit on St John's Ward. Welcome Christine to St John's ward, we know you will have a huge positive impact on the kids treated there. As Stated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31 “States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and arts.
” Hi, my name is Christine. I’m the new Play Specialist on St. Johns Day Unit. I work part time Monday to Friday. I am here to provide a recreational outlet and fun activities. If you wish I am available to help lead distraction or activities during procedures. The role of the play specialist is to: ¨ Provide play to achieve developmental goals. ¨ Use play to prepare children for hospital procedures. ¨ Lead distraction and alternative focus activities for children during procedures. ¨ Facilitate and communicate, as play is the language of children. ¨ Provide recreational outlets and fun activities in the clinical environment. ¨ Support families particularly siblings. ¨ Regain skills lost through the effects of illness and hospitalisation. ¨ Contribute to clinical judgments while observing the child through play. ¨ Reduce stress and anxiety and provide an outlet for feelings of anger and frustration. Play is important, both in preparing children for what is going to happen and in providing ways for them to work through anxieties/ fears and deal with their experiences in hospital. I look forward to meeting everyone!!!