Med Ted

Med Ted“If somebody is scared of needles, we will use real medical equipment and poke them into stuffed animals so they can see what will happen and we can desensitize them to what they’re afraid of,” says Ada Bodolay, a clinical educator and child life specialist at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “I had a 3‐year‐old child who was coming in monthly for an IV infusion of medication. The medication was an immune booster so he would be able to go to school. When we were talking with the child about starting this medication, I used this teddy bear. Even at 3 years old, he was able to work with the medical equipment to hook his bear up to the infusions and we were able to sort any questions he might have that he couldn’t verbalize (about his own treatment). Being able to explain everything to him was really helpful.”

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