Purposeful Play as Powerful Healing, by Dr. Ben

Purposeful Play as Powerful Healing, by Dr. Ben

When we decided to focus on the importance of play in healthcare this month, we reached out to one of the gurus of cultivating playful experiences for children in the face of great challenge – Dr. Ben Meisel. Propelled by his belief in the power of play, Dr. Ben...
When it Comes to Kids, the Hospital, and Play…We Mean Business

When it Comes to Kids, the Hospital, and Play…We Mean Business

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This year, we thought we’d kick off 2017 by focusing on something fun – PLAY. Everyone, young and old, here and there, across the world plays. At The Standish Foundation for Child and Family Centered Healthcare, we know how important play is to...
The Important Business of Play (Therapy)

The Important Business of Play (Therapy)

The Important Business of Play (therapy) We’re once again exploring the world of alternative therapies for children, mainly art, music and play. While the idea of employing these with adults seems a little preposterous (although, they have a place!), these therapies...
Books We Love

Books We Love

One of the best ways to explain a doctor’s visit or something more serious, like a surgical procedure, to a young child is with the help of a story. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite books: Going to the Hospital — Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright A...
Making Hospital Stays Easier on Infants & Toddlers

Making Hospital Stays Easier on Infants & Toddlers

Understanding what little ones need is always a challenge—are they hungry, tired, afraid? When they’re in the hospital, that challenge is compounded. Their little minds are inundated with new information, sights, sounds and sensations and then, something unfamiliar...