It’s always fun when Doc McStuffins comes to the hospital! A few weeks ago at CHLA, Doc McStuffins paid a quick visit for our patients during our first Butterfly Clinic!
Doc McStuffins in my opinion, is the mascot for Child Life. Doc is a prime example of medical play and how child life specialists incorporate ways to make complex information developmentally appropriate, and ease fear and anxiety, as well as clarify misconceptions. I can guarentee, a Child Life Specialist will have a Doc McStuffins doll on hand, or some Doc McStuffins toys in the playroom for children to explore!
As the Disney Channel television series has progressed since 2012, several episodes have touched on several topics such as check-ups, staying healthy, procedure support, common fears such as needles, and positive coping techniques. New topics have been introduced such as adoption, having new sibling, and spending the night in the hospital.
Doc McStuffins is excellent for preschool age children to begin having conversations and learn about going to the doctor and to the hospital. Several other child life blogs have touched upon this in recent years. I believe that families should begin introducing Doc McStuffins as a form of medical preparation for children prior to a healthcare experience and allow children to ask questions.
Doc McStuffins is also on tour! Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit allows opportunities for children to explore the world of Doc McStuffins and all her friends and allows hands-on experiences for children to learn about the hospital and explore medical play. Currently heading to the Discovery Cube in Orange County, CA. Click here to learn more!
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You can watch episodes on Youtube here
You can watch episodes on Disney Channel here
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