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Smiles are everywhere : integrating clown-play into healthcare practice

Author: Bernie Warren; Peter Spitzer
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York NY : Routledge, 2013.
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The role of humour, laughter and play in healthcare and wellbeing is a hot topic. Smiles are Everywhere: Integrating clown-play into daily healthcare practice is a practical handbook aimed primarily at healthcare professionals and those working in healthcare settings who wish to bring play and humour into their work.?Drawing together the authors' considerable experience in practice, research and training in the use  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2013003437
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernie Warren; Peter Spitzer
ISBN: 1135022771 9781135022778 1299792871 9781299792876 9780203768686 020376868X
OCLC Number: 859038400
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Why Clown-Play belongs in healthcare; Not just for children: The value of play and games across the lifespan; Linking play to smiles and laughter; Is laughter good medicine? Putting humour and health in perspective; Notes; 2. How clowns play: a brief history of clowns using laughter and play for health; Clown-doctors and the tradition of fools as healers; The influence of medieval fools on modern hospital clowning; Research on clowns working in healthcare settings. Clowns working with staffFrom relying on others to working alone; Notes; 3. Clown-Play 101: integrating clown-plays into your own practice; Basic rules; 1 Preparation and planning: 'Measure twice, cut once'; Walk before you run; 2 Making appropriate choices: Questions to ask yourself; Who am I working with?; Why am I choosing to use:; How do I choose an appropriate clown-play?; When do I introduce the clown-play?; How long should the clown-play last?; 3 Successfully employing clown-plays in your practice; Where am I working?; Reading the scene / the moment; Engaging with your 'audience' (Playfully) reframing the interaction'Failure is the key to success'; 4 A few more words about the power of humour in healthcare; Notes; 4. Strategies and approaches; Creating a smile-filled environment; Let there be light ... ; Visual Cues; Do you know the way to ...? Importance of signs; On paintings and photographs: Monet a slip between cup and ...?; Humour Noticeboard; Objets d'art; Humour Carts and Baskets; Using clothing and costumes to brighten up lives and put smiles on faces; Wearing a hat or headpiece; Wearing a necktie; Wearing brightly coloured 'everyday' clothes. Adding a clothing accessory to your regular wardrobeWearing a costume piece or 'costume'; Wearing a clown nose; Working with a prop; Working with squeakers; Working with 'found' objects; Using song and music to change mood and engage communication; Notes; 5. Key to clown-plays; Introduction; Notes; 6. Clown-plays; 7. Next steps: replenishing your humour quotient; Once begun --
half done; Keeping yourself amused: ideas to humour yourself /your staff; Notes; 8. At-a-Glance Guide to clown-plays; References; Author Index; Subject Index.
Responsibility: Bernie Warren and Peter Spitzer.

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The role of humour, laughter and play in healthcare and wellbeing is a hot topic. Smiles are Everywhere: Integrating clown-play into daily healthcare practice is a practical handbook aimed primarily at healthcare professionals and those working in healthcare settings who wish to bring play and humour into their work.?Drawing together the authors' considerable experience in practice, research and training in the use of humour in healthcare settings, this book works to bring theory into practice in a simple, user-friendly manner. Central to Smiles are Everywhere is the un.

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