Child Life Specialists can be a critical part of a healthcare team. And for more than 20 years, Kidzpace and DMA4Families have been fortunate to work closely with Child Life staffs in clinics and hospitals across the country.
A major goal of Child Life Specialists matches our own: reducing a child’s fear, anxiety, and pain while in a healthcare facility. Therapeutic play is just one of the methods typically used by Child Life professionals as a way to help educate, encourage, and relieve children’s stress prior to and during a medical procedure or surgery.
One of the tools a Child Life Specialists often reaches for are interactive video games and systems from Kidzpace. Our Touch2Play systems along with our Xbox and PlayStation video game cabinet options can serve an especially important role during an extended stay in the hospital and in outpatient settings, too.
At first glance, video games may appear to be just simple fun. But play is actually crucial for children’s growth and development, and should not be completely put on hold when a child is dealing with medical challenges. By incorporating Kidzpace video games into a hospital or healthcare environment, Child Life Specialists have another way to connect with a young patient in a safe, comfortable way, allowing for some needed distraction, and providing an opportunity to relax and smile.
And it works! Hospital staff and parents often tell us our video games helped occupy and entertained children, while relieving their stress, and adding some positive feelings to the overall patient experience.
DMA4Families continually follows up with the Child Life Specialists we’ve had the opportunity to work with in the past. We use any feedback to make improvements to the systems, and to make sure the games are enjoyable while also being accessible to the patients and their families.
Child Life Specialists deliver a special kind of care, and we are proud to play a small part in helping them make a difference for children.
Learn how Kidzpace video games can help improve the patient environment at your healthcare facility by contacting us, today.