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The Silly Seminar Keeps Kids Smiling

humor, health and children

Jane Dudley

on 8 August 2013

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Transcript of The Silly Seminar Keeps Kids Smiling

Findings, Conclusions, Discoveries
Wheelock Examples
Sock Puppetry

The Family and Child in Healthcare

Internship Examples
"We're going down in history.
You're going up in flames"
"Nurse! I vomited!"
"I'm just like Nicki Minaj...
with tentacles!"
Jane Dudley & Kelly Foy
The Silly Seminar
Keeps Kids Smiling

When you were little, what made you feel better when you were sick?
To incorporate humor in a pediatric setting

To use humor to improve the overall experience of hospitalization for children

To engage different members of the multidisciplinary team

To increase awareness of the Child Life Department
Project Design
Past experiences in class and internship

Course readings

Outside readings


Physiological Benefits
Reduced tension

Improved circulation

Muscle relaxation

Increased release of
Natural killer cells
How it Helps Everyone
Establishes warm, interpersonal relationships

Alleviates anxiety, stress, tension

Allows for release of anger/hostility in a socially acceptable manner

Provides a temporary escape from frightful or painful feelings

Gives a way to manage shame and embarrassment

Can help assist learning through teaching

Enhances immune function
Using Humor in the Hospital
Superhero Window Washers
Group Activities
Pin the smile on Mona Lisa
Pin the Band-Aid on the "ouchie"

What's it used for?
Goofy Gadget

Mad Libs/Med Libs

Mirth Aid Kit

Caption this!

What's your top ten?
Individual Activities
Crack up collage

Target Practice

IV-pole dress up

Make your own license plate

Embrace your inner Dali

What's that on your head?

Rewrite songs

Practical Jokes
You drank your pee?!

That IV bag is fishy...

What did you just eat?

Specimen cup fun
Getting Everyone Involved
Funny hats
Silly string
Magic tricks
Dress up days
Match the smile
Candid pictures
Pre-treatment routines
Funny books
Fast Face Pictures
Decorate a smiley face
Joke bulletin board
Words that make you laugh
Change one word...
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Martin, R. (2008). "The Psychology of Humor." Burlington, MA: Elsevier Academic Press.

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Guidebook for Parents and Teachers." Duboque, IO: Kendall/Hunt.

Wilson, Steve (April 2013). National Humor Month. Retrieved from www.humormonth.com.

Tic Toc's Guide to Humor
Never use mean humor

Know the kids

Take on a challenge without it being a challenge

Be present

The child is the expert!

Empower the child through choice
Considerations when using humor



Do not minimize the seriousness of the situation

Patient initiation

Respect of all involved
Super Jimmy to the rescue!!!
Giggle Grab Bag
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