Theatre for Children in Hospital

The Gift of Compassion

Persephone Sextou

Theatre for Children in Hospital

Persephone Sextou

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

205 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $57.00 ISBN: 9781783206452 Published December 2016
Recent decades have seen a new appreciation develop for applied theater and the role of arts-based activities in health care. This book looks specifically at the place of theater for children who are hospitalized, showing how powerfully it can enhance their social and mental well-being. Child-led performances, for example, can be used as a technique to distract young patients from hospitalization, prepare them for painful procedures, and teach them calming techniques to control their own pre- or post-operative stress. Persephone Sextou details the key theoretical contexts and practical features of theater for children, in the process offering motivation, guidance, and inspiration for practitioners who want to incorporate performance into their treatment regimen.
 
Contents
Foreword
Prologue
Introduction
            Motivation and beliefs
            Arts and health
            The structure of the book
Chapter One: A TCH definition and more…
            Applied theatre in hospitals
            Theatre as an ‘antidote’ to clinical stress
            A playful ‘marriage’ of two cultures, the artistic with the clinical in audience          participation
            The artist-child synergistic relationship
            Ethical concerns
            TCH and therapy
Chapter Two: The distinctive features of TCH practice and research
            Background information of the study
            Understanding the clinical context
            The study: Methodology
            Findings and discussion: TCH practice comes alive!
Chapter Three: TCH as a choice: ‘I want to make a difference!’
            A philosophical approach to TCH
            Aristotle
            Heraclitus
            My philosophy
Chapter Four: Concluding thoughts
            Summary
            The future of TCH

Appendices
Appendix One: Breathing with Love, the script
Appendix Two: The shape of our bedside theatre rehearsals
Appendix Three: Writing a TCH proposal plan (bid)
Appendix Four: Example of application letter
Appendix Five: Guidance for applying for NHS Research Ethics
            Committee approval (for researchers only)

Note on the author
Bibliography
Index

 
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