Professional Studies

“…we should have an acceptance that hospitals (and other healthcare settings) are an abnormal and strange environment within which children find themselves and where they therefore need assistance to understand and cope with all that they encounter while they are there.”

“The experience of a period of ill health or hospitalization can have an effect upon many areas of their development or wellbeing.”

“Healthcare settings, and hospitals in particular, are unfamiliar environments for the majority of children. They are frequently places where children experience new people, and strange or unpleasant sights, smells, noises and additional stressors that can be difficult to understand and can be traumatic.”

“spending a period of time in hospital … has the potential to interrupt or even harm a child’s normal development.”

“It is important to recognize and anticipate the effects of hospitalization on infants, children and young people and respond to these as effectively as possible. The importance of such provision should be recognized as critical for sick children…(it) can bridge the gap between maintaining the emotional wellbeing and normal development of the child and the potentially harmful effects of the hospital environment and experience.”

“Play for Sick Children – Play Specialists in Hospitals and Beyond” – Catherine Hubbuck 2009

“Always bear in mind that young children need reassurance, and a picture book is not the place to terrify them or leave them frightened that the world is about to crash about their ears. Some of the best picture books leave the reader with a smile, and as they are often read at bedtime this is even more important…if you are writing a picture-book text which deals with a theme that might be potentially frightening or worrying for a young child, it can be useful to remove the story a little from real life by making your character an animal or other type of creature… the story starts off, goes on a journey, and returns to the ending and a resolution.”

“Writing for Children” – Linda Strachan (published by A&C Black, 2008)