Medical Teaching: A Recreational Therapist's Role In The Use of Medical Play And Procedural Preparation

*This course has been pre-approved by NCTRC for 5 clock hours.

This course will offer an introduction into the use of of medical teaching including medical play and procedural preparation. Learners will gain an understanding of the types and importance of medical teaching, how to talk to a child about medical experiences, build coping skills and use age-appropriate medical play and procedural preparation techniques. Learners will become familiar with how to implement recreational therapy goals and interventions to increase a client's medical understanding. At the completion of this course, participants will need to pass an exam with a minimum score of 70%. Participants must complete the course within 365 days of starting the course to receive a completion certificate.

Course Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify 3 benefits of medical teaching and how it can increase a clients medical understanding.

  • Students will be able to identify the difference between medical play and procedural preparations and the appropriate use of both by a CTRS.

  • Students will be able to identify 4 developmental stages of play and age-appropriate medical play and procedural preparation techniques.

  • Students will be able to identify 4 coping strategies to use with clients during medical procedures.

Carolyn Breinich, MA, CTRS/CCLS

Instructor Bio:

I earned my Bachelor Degree in Zoology from Ohio State University. While completing my degree I did an internship at the Dolphin Research Center, where I focused on animal assisted therapy utilizing Dolphins. I earned my Masters Degree in Recreational Therapy from The University of Toledo, so I could combine my love of animals with my desire to help people. I trained my dog, Velvet, to be a certified therapy dog. For ten years, we visited schools, nursing homes and hospitals. As a graduate student at The University of Toledo, I taught RT Intervention: Pet Assisted Therapy course. I became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in 2006, I became a Child-Life Specialist in 2009, and I worked in Long-Term Care, Adult and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Adult and Adolescent Psych and with Individuals with Disabilities.

Carolyn Breinich, MA, CTRS/CCLS

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