Teddy Bear Clinics
Medical play is a common play-based intervention used by Child Life Specialists to help normalize health care experiences and help children to process distress relating to medical treatment. immunizations or hospitalization.
A Teddy Bear Clinic is a version of medical play where a teddy bear is used as the "patient" and the child is the "doctor" at a make-believe clinic visit. Activity stations include weighing and measuring, giving a check-up using toy and real medical supplies, looking at x-rays, making art out of medical supplies, and practicing coping skills. Children move through the room at their own pace and the play is spontaneous and child-directed.
Your child will come away with a teddy bear of their own as well as a sense of agency and greater comfort with the very common experience of going to the doctor.
The next Teddy Bear clinics will take place:
Saturday May 27, 2023
Saturday, August 12, 2023
Saturday, September 30, 2023
All clinics are for children 2 to 8 years old and will take place from 9:30-10:30am at This World's Ours Centre in Vancouver BC. Cost: $25/child. Siblings attend for $10! Use code SIBLING10 when registering more than one child.