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February 19, 1973
Student Efforts Bring
_ by Margaret Brinkley
The solution to a sick child’s
'(worries is play therapy. He must
out of that dreary room and
to the sunny 7th Floor Play-
jroom where there are lots of nice
■^people just waiting to help him
C what he enjoys most - PLAY.
■ tWho are these people in the play-
iroom? Well, four of them were
fsalem College students doing
ttheir January term in Play Ther
apy. Nancy Adams, Averell
JPharr, Betsy Hester, and I -
were those Play Therapists!
Play Therapy can mean mere
ly entertaining the child to keep
■■his mind away from his aches
and pains, or it can encourage
'|the child to express all of his
'Tears, angers, and hostilities
irough play. Given a stuffed
limal and a hypodermic needle
■ to play with, a hospitalized
jchild will give the animal all
those painful shots that the doc
tor has so often given him.
More than that, a January
term in play therapy at N.C.
Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill
provides a picture of the total
|:hild during hospitalization.
With the support and coopera
tion of the entire hospital staff,
I we saw the Social Worker in-
' |rolved with a child whose social
history (family background and
environment) kept him from re-
; |:overing medically. When parents
come to Chapel Hill, dump their
|en-year-old at the hospital, and
do not return to visit even when
|he has surgery, then Social
Work can get involved and dis
cover the cause of their abandon
ment. If the trouble is transpor
tation to the hospital, they can
lllllli I III
often provide the funds to bring
he parents to visit. When the
)arents just cannot come, how
ever, then the play therapist
:an provide the love and atten
tion that a child needs to over
come his fears of being aban
doned because his illness has
made him unacceptable to his
We also got an introduction
to abortion counseling and abor
tion procedures which helped us
to deal with a fourteen-year-ole
girl who was an abortion candi
date, and often came to the
playroom. Her strong needs to
“mother” were fulfilled by di-
■ecting the younger children in
iress-up sessions that kept every-
Dne in hysterical laughter.
On Pediatrics, play therapists
and physical therapists work
very closely because all thera
peutic exercises and routines
have to be made into games.
After all, a child’s world is his
play! Knowing that a child need-
',d to stretch her right arm and
extend it over her head to pre
vent stiffness after surgery
brought us to put “vegetables”
on a high shelf in the “refrigera
tor” and have her reach way up
to get them. Breathing deeply to
develop good habits before thor
acic surgery can easily be
achieved by blowing soap bub
bles through a small wand. Bub
bles are favorites with all child
Because we needed to keep a-
breast of the medical progress
of each child in order to plan
appropriate play, we attended
Nurse’s Report each morning as
the night shift left and the day
shift came on duty. What a con
glomeration of medical abbrevia
tions it was that first week!
Keeping informed about the
kids also meant attending
meetings of the Treatment Team,
composed of those involved in
the hospitalization of a child.
Along with doctors, nurses, so
cial workers, physical therapists.
Continued on page 8
The Clewell pool’s bedraggled appearance reminds one that spring
ivill not be here for many weeks.
time, so Dr. Wagoner rises early,
CONTINUED getting in a full two hours of
work before she teaches her 8
a.m. class. She feels sorry for the
students arising early to
catch her classes because she
admitted she never awoke at that
hour when a student herself.
However, with the enthusiasm
and zest she displayed in our
conversation. I’m sure she must
be just as captivating in her
classes despite the hour. If you
aren’t in one of her classes, you
will have a chance to work with
her on the literary magazine.
Dr. Wagoner is looking forward
to assisting the staff of Incuna
year is entitled The Dark Coun
tess and is a historical novel
about a murder trial occuring in
Hungary during the 17th cen
tury. At the moment. Dr. Wagon
er is in the open phases of her
latest novel which has an Irish
subject. It deals with the trial of
Roger Casement, hero of the re
bellion of 1916, who was execu
ted for treason that same year.
Research for the novel has taken
her to Ireland for the past two
summers where she lived unham
pered by the recent violence.
Her writing requires much
Tonight, Monday, Feb. 19
Dr. Buchanan speaks
€veryone is invited!
The Salem College Pierrette
Players are proud to announce
the performance of their next
|leader’s Theater program, the
fomical satire “Animal Farm”
written by George Orwell and
iidapted for the stage by Nelson
Bond. The players will include
Peggy Bullard, Lynda Casanova,
Jlary Dorsett, Kathleen Gideon,
Sherrin Gardner, Nancy Porter,
and Claudia Lane. Because of
schedule conflicts, the date of
the performance is not known
at this time. The correct dat
at this time. The correct date will
be announced in the Salemite.
The maximum rebate any stu
dent may receive for her January
prm is $56.00. This rebate is
ailable only to those students
^ho were off campus for at least
two weeks. For returning stu
dents, the rebate will be applied
to the room reservation fee.
Seniors and students who are
not returning in the fall will re
ceive their rebate after the room
Beservation fees have been paid
by the other students.
[ here's ...HEND
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