Play Therapy Day

Children and their families celebrated Play Therapy Day at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) in recognition of the amazing work our Play Therapists do.

Play Therapy is so much more than playing with toys and entertaining patients. Every day, Play Therapists provide distraction to minimise anxiety and fear, prepare and support patients for procedures, provide emotional support and create positive fun and meaningful experiences.

The Play Therapy Team showcased this with a whirlwind of activity in the WCH for their annual celebration.

Play Therapist, Ernastina, showcasing medical play with a patient at Play Therapy Day.

Play Therapist, Ernastina, showcases medical play with a patient.

Along the level one corridor there were opportunities for patients to get involved in sensory play with playdough, stress balls and tassel keyrings, creative play with badgemaking and felt bookmarks and medical play with mini hospital equipment models.

Patients were also helped to create a sense of identity by decorating a hospital buddy and encouraged to build a sense of community by decorating a group canvas with posca pens.

In the afternoon, patients on the wards were given activity bags to make sure they didn’t miss out on the excitement.

The Play Therapy team at Play Therapy Day.

The Play Therapy Team.

Thank you to our Play Therapists for creating such a wonderful event and for providing meaningful play experiences for patients and families every day.

The WCH Foundation Arts in Health Program is proud to support the Play Therapy Program at the WCH.

Learn more about Play Therapy


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