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Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Parenting -

OLCHC play depart­ment has 13 play spe­cial­ists and has been pro­vid­ing play ser­vices to chil­dren for 20 years.

Re­search high­lights im­por­tance of hos­pi­tal play in mak­ing chil­dren’s ex­pe­ri­ence of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion as pos­i­tive as pos­si­ble.

Ex­plain­ing ev­ery­thing in child-friendly way (us­ing med­i­cal dolls and age-ap­pro­pri­ate info books) and en­cour­ag­ing pos­i­tive cop­ing strate­gies are just two el­e­ments of play spe­cial­ist’s work.

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