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Therapeutic Video Game Guide

Child’s Play is proud to offer our Therapeutic Video Game Guide, updated for 2017, which is an excellent tool for any clinician or caretaker who works with children.

The purpose of this guide is to recommend therapeutic video games for children based on their symptoms. The games recommended in this guide were curated by researchers at EEDAR, a market-leading video game research firm, in collaboration with mental health researchers at UC San Diego.

Game recommendations have been categorized into six symptom categories:

› Pain
› Boredom (Short-Term Stay)
› Boredom (Long-Term Stay)
› Anxiety/Hyperactivity
› Sadness
› Cognitive Impairment

This guide was designed as a quick reference to help caretakers quickly select games for their patients. Caretakers can reference the category that best fits the symptoms of the patient and select one of the games listed.

Please feel free to download and share this guide with anyone who might find it useful!

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Child’s Play 2017 Dinner Auction

December 14th, 2017 6:30 pm
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

M&J on stage
In the last 14 years, Child’s Play has raised over $44 million dollars to improve the lives of children in pediatric hospitals and other child welfare facilities through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play. In the last year, we have added 13 new partner hospitals and awarded over 40 grants to facilities. Join us for an elegant night to celebrate the giving of the gaming community. 100% of the money raised at the Child’s Play Dinner Auction goes to support our hospital and domestic violence shelter programs.
Bids up
You can purchase your individual tickets here or if you or your company is interested in sponsoring a table you can find more about how to do that here.
If you would like to donate an item, please fill out this simple form. The item form is due by November 30th. Items can be mailed to:
Child’s Play
C/O Dinner Auction
8151 164th Ave NE PMB #418
Redmond, WA 98052

If you have any questions about auction item submission, please feel free to contact Travis Eriksen:

Gamers Give Back Reflection

If you’re like me, and have been lucky enough not to spend time in a Children’s Hospital you might not know what we are talking about when we say Child Life Staff.  I know that when I pictured a Children’s Hospitals before I worked at Child’s Play, I only thought about doctors and nurses. To me, that was who worked there.  I never considered exactly who was receiving the toys and games I donated through Child’s Play, or how they were being used in the hospital beyond being given to kids to play with.

What I have learned in the past year is that where doctors diagnose and nurses treat, child life staff educate and encourage. The Association of Child Life Professionals explains that “Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation, and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for infants, children, and youth.”

When we visit a hospital for a Gamers Give Back visit, we bring along some gifts for the kids and some items for the play rooms, but most importantly we meet with the Child Life staff. We want the whole visit to be centered around celebrating the Child Life staff, to bring joy to their day in hopes that the memory of our visit will help them through a hard time in the future. We hope that many of the kids we bring gifts to will be home by the week’s end, but the Child Life staff will still be there, day in and day out, educating and encouraging a new group of patients.

After we hand out gifts to the patients we have the pleasure of providing lunch to the Child Life staff and sharing a meal with them.  It’s an opportunity for them to share problems they’ve encountered, from not knowing how to play a certain game to the need for game carts to help bring systems to kids where they need them. At this lunch, we’re able to pool together all the solutions we’ve discovered on other hospital visits and share them, as well as help problem-solve the new ones that come up. 

As we come to the end of summer, we’re also preparing to wrap up the 2017 Gamers Give Back Tour.  This year we’ve seen 25 hospitals, with 10 more to go.  Thanks to your support this year we’ve been able to bring gifts to over 2200 kids and visit with nearly as many Child Life Professionals. We try to share the impact your support has through testimonials and pictures on Twitter, but if I have learned anything over the last year it’s that there are not enough words or pictures to express the good work you are doing.