Working with Kids at Washington Children’s Hospital

Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

This past week I spent a day working with young outpatients in the Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Lab at Children’s National Medical Center here in Washington, D.C. Under the direction of department head Dr. Sze and child life specialist Grace Tan, we wanted to see  if the activity of making pop-ups in the waiting room helped lessen children’s  anxieties about their hospital visit by making their wait a fun and participatory experience. Based on responses from the kids, the idea seems promising. We’re hoping to develop related activities, and possibly a pop-up kit, that can be handed out and constructed when staff are not available to help.

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One response to “Working with Kids at Washington Children’s Hospital

  1. Hi Carol,

    Your work sounds wonderful! As someone who’s spent a lot of time in a children’s hospital with a relative, I can tell you that those young patients need more creative outlets than they are typically given. And in general, hospitals are just not visually kid-friendly…the arts are sorely needed there.

    Elissa

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