Ronald’s Rainbow Hospital, our medical play area, helps children and teens become more familiar with the hospital and medical equipment.
Medical play helps a child process their fears, anxieties, and other reactions to their experiences. Children are given the chance to express themselves and parents have an opportunity to watch for signs of anxiety or misunderstanding about their health care experience. Families can use medical play to help children explore feelings about the hospital or to show a sibling (especially of a NICU baby) what happens at the hospital. This play is especially important to prepare a child for what they will see in the hospital, and for children who aren’t old enough to visit sick siblings.