Facilitated by: Children’s Health Scotland
More than just a chance to have fun, play is serious business when it comes to a child’s health. Health-related play can help children physically, mentally and emotionally and is crucial to their healthy development and happiness.
Health-related play strategies are used to support children and young people in the understanding of their medical conditions and treatments, and to adopt life styles changes that are required to manage long-term conditions. One of the best ways for children to stay both physically and mentally healthy is through access to play experiences. Health-related play helps a child: prepare for treatment; explore and express feelings/fears; develop practical skills; improve creative thinking; and increase their knowledge and understanding. Play is the tool used to gain informed consent from children and young people and to continue this work as the child and young person’s condition either improves or deteriorates, their cognition develops, they transition to adult services or to end of life
This workshop will look at Health-related play, discussing more about a child’s right to play which is fundamental to their health and wellbeing. It will focus on putting the child at the centre and how, by using play, you can give children the right to be heard and understood and to express their feelings.