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Hospital Clowning as Play Stimulus in Healthcare

RED NOSES Clowndoctors International, Wattgasse 48, A-1170 Vienna, Austria
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Children 2014, 1(3), 374-389;
Received: 27 June 2014 / Revised: 26 September 2014 / Accepted: 13 October 2014 / Published: 30 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role of Play in Children’s Health and Development)
A serious illness, a chronic medical condition or a hospital bed should not deny any child her/his basic right to play, a right essential for children’s development and general wellbeing. In fact, it is in these frightening and anxious moments that play and the stimulus that it provides can help the most. This article will focus on the impacts and benefits of professional hospital clowning for the wellbeing and recovery process of ill and hospitalized children. Our experience has shown that through interactive play and humor, “clowndoctors” can create an enabling and supportive environment that facilitates children’s adaptation to the hospital setting and improves their acceptance of medical procedures and staff. While moving from bedside to bedside, RED NOSES clowndoctors encourage children’s active participation and support their natural instinct to play, fully including them in the interaction, if the children wish to do so. Therefore, clowndoctor performances offer ill children much needed stimulus, self-confidence and courage, elements fundamental to reducing their vulnerability. In this piece, a special emphasis will be put on the various approaches used by RED NOSES clowndoctors to bond and reach out to children suffering from different medical conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: illness; RED NOSES clowndoctors; play; humor; recovery; vulnerability; wellbeing; treatment; stimulus; participation illness; RED NOSES clowndoctors; play; humor; recovery; vulnerability; wellbeing; treatment; stimulus; participation
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Anes, L.; Obi, M. Hospital Clowning as Play Stimulus in Healthcare. Children 2014, 1, 374-389.

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