Children’s Hospital hosts teddy bear clinic

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DENVER — Young patients at Children’s Hospital got to switch roles for a day Friday and play doctors for their favorite teddy bear as part of a program designed to help empower children.

The children gave their bears x-rays, bear castings and checked their vital signs.

“Engaging in medical play is a great way to empower children and offers them a sense of familiarity and mastery of being in the hospital,” said hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Whitehead. “The teddy bear clinic is intended to give children an opportunity to express their feelings related to hospitalization, as well as exercise some control in an environment where they do not have a lot of control.”

The event was hosted by Children’s Hospital Colorado child life specialists.  These therapists have training to help children and their families cope with being in the hospital.