“Hospital Clowning as Play Stimulus in Healthcare”

Article of RED NOSES International on the Children — Open Access Pediatrics Journal focus on the importance of play for children in hospitals.

The RNI recently published article aims at shedding light on and raising the understanding for the importance and positive impact of professional hospital clowning on the general well-being and development of children in hospital.

For RED NOSES nothing, not even a serious illness, a chronic medical condition or a hospital bed, should deny a child her/his basic right to play. In fact, it is in these frightening and anxious moments that play and the stimulus it provides can help the most.

While moving from bedside to bedside, RED NOSES clowndoctors encourage children’s active participation and support their natural instinct to play, fully including them in the interaction, if the children wish to do so. Thus, clowndoctor performances offer ill children a much needed stimulus, self-confidence and courage, elements fundamental to reducing their vulnerability.

In parallel, professional hospital clowning can highly contribute to the wellbeing and recovery process of ill and hospitalised children. Our experience has shown that through interactive play and humour, “clowndoctors” can create an enabling and supportive environment that facilitates children’s adaptation to the hospital setting and can contribute to improving their acceptance of medical procedures and staff.

Throughout the article a special emphasis is placed on the various approaches used by RED NOSES Clowndoctors to bond and reach out to children suffering from different medical conditions.

For more information please consult:

Abstract: http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/1/3/374/

PDF Version: http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/1/3/374/pdf

HTML Version: http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/1/3/374/html

The RED NOSES International article is part of the special issue on the role of play in children´s healthcare and development.

Children — Open Access Pediatrics Journal is an international open access journal of pediatrics published quarterly online by MDPI.

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