EACH provides a range of activities for children and young people of all ages, including siblings.
Our play specialists can visit children at home, in community settings or spend time with them during their stay at the hospice.
Our play specialists are here to:
- Build a relationship with children/young people and their families
- Assess and focus on the skills children/young people have, and to assess and develop their physical, emotional, cognitive, social and communication needs
- Support new ways of playing as the child/young person’s developmental needs change
- Provide appropriate play activities that can help each child grow in confidence by experiencing new things and, most of all, having fun!
- Establish likes and dislikes and promote choice
- Help create memories
- Link in with other professionals involved with the child/young person
- Use distraction techniques to help the child/young person manage difficult situations
- Help children/young people understand, cope with and reflect on medical experiences
- Support communication through play.
Our range of play activities
All play sessions are relaxed and flexible. Activities can be adapted to suit the individual needs of each child or young person:
- Stories – tactile, musical, sensory story sacks, tapes, CDs and DVDs
- Food play – jelly, corn flour and pasta
- Construction – lego, k-nex, duplo, stickle bricks
- Music – instruments, action rhymes, karaoke
- Sand and water
- Sensory equipment – bubble tube, fibre optics
- Sensory toys – space blanket, treasure basket, bubbles
- Technology – switches, computers, game consoles
- Physical play – outdoor play, ball pool, parachute, dancing
- Art and craft – painting, collage, face painting, card making, modelling
- Outings – park, beach, swimming, bowling, cinema, zoo, shopping
- Imaginative play – dressing up, puppets, train track, farm, role play, playmobil
...and many more!