A stay in the hospital can be stressful for children, teenagers and their families. How a child is affected depends on their age, temperament, and condition. Parents play a vital role in helping their child have a more positive experience.
There are many resources in the hospital to help a child during their stay and there are usually play nurses available. You may like to ask the play specialist to set up a group activity with other children of a simular age or diagnosis.
Joss Searchlight can help with strategies for alleviating boredom and help create a ‘breathing space’ for the children, allowing them to reflect on something other than their illness and treatment.
Joss Searchlight offers some essentials for battling the boredom:
- Laptops and ipads to help your child stay connected through the hospital’s free wi-fi access.
- Equipment such as video cameras, digital cameras, DVD & MP3 players
- A box of DVD’s and computer games
- A box of favourite activities that your child enjoys such as board games, toys and reading material.
- A box of magic tricks and jokes
- An art and craft based activity pack can help your child to use words or drawings to express their feelings on having cancer. (Packs for young children include stickers)