Teddy Bear Clinic Helps Children Discover A World Of Hope And Support

Teddy Bear Clinic at Texas Children's HospitalTeddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around; Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear come and see the Teddy Bear Clinic for you and me.

It is that time of year again, when boys and girls and teddy bears gather with hospital staff on the 3rd floor Auxiliary bridge of Texas Children’s Hospital. During the annual teddy bear clinic, children are given the opportunity to act out the roles of various health care staff such as doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians. Children will pretend to perform a variety of tests, exams and therapies to diagnosis the bear’s symptoms and heal its body.

Children learn through play, and this clinic affords them the opportunity to learn and practice coping skills that they use while in the hospital.

“Hold still bear and blow the bubbles,” children will say as they give the bear his injection.

“The X-ray machine is just taking pictures! You won’t feel it, and the camera does not touch you,” a child will explain as they lay the bear down on the x-ray machine.

“Which color cast would you like?” a child will ask demonstrating the choices a child has in the hospital environment.

All these statements are ways is which children use play to discover a world of hope and support.

The Texas Children’s Teddy Bear clinic is an annual event to celebrate national Child Life Week. This event celebrates our patients and families and how the intimate world of play is used to encourage children’s learning and support children’s coping.

This event will be held on March 27 from 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Bring your teddy bear. All teddy bears welcome!

About Diane Kaulen, Child Life Specialist

It has been my pleasure to work as a Certified Child Life Specialist here at Texas Children’s Hospital for many years.

I have loved to see how this hospital grows and puts patients and families first. I have worked in many areas of this hospital, but currently work directly with the patient’s and families in day surgery and GIPS. In addition to my role here at Texas Children's, I am an instructor of child development/early childhood education at San Jacinto College.

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5 Responses to Teddy Bear Clinic Helps Children Discover A World Of Hope And Support

  1. Phi says:

    Is there a minimum age? I would love to bring my 4yr old brother and 2 yr old sister but I am not sure if they will be able to say all that.

    • There is no minimum age for this event. Children learn through play and therefore words are not always necessary. Our goal is to give children the opportunity to become more comfortable with the medical setting. Your 2 and 4 year old will have a chance to be a “doctor,” and help support their bear through medical experiences. They will learn a lot of valuable coping skills in a fun and exciting way.

  2. Allyson says:

    I have been searching all over the Internet to figure out the course ID for the child life course required for me to take. I noticed you said you taught at San Jac, could you let me know the course name?! Thank you so much!

    • Thank you for your interest in the child life course. This course satisfies the current requirements set forth by the child life council for certification. San Jacinto College North Campus is offering this course this fall on Thursday evenings. The Course is called CDEC 2471 The Hospitalized Child. The CRN# is 12580. Further questions can be made to Chris Bolds Child Development Department Chair.

  3. Riel says:

    It is nice to see children to be able to learn while having fun with their teddy bears.

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