Teddy Bear clinic helps patients, families become more comfortable in medical setting

March 27, 2018

Hundreds of children recently gathered with hospital staff at Texas Children’s Main, West and The Woodlands campuses to participate in one of the medical system’s most popular events – the annual Teddy Bear Clinic.

During the clinic, children are given the opportunity to act out the roles of various health care staff such as doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians. Children pretend to perform a variety of tests, exams and therapies to diagnosis their Teddy bear’s symptoms and heal its body.

Hosted by Child Life to celebrate national Child Life Week, the event celebrates our patients and families and how the intimate world of play is used to encourage children’s learning and support children’s coping.

This was the first year for the Teddy Bear Clinic to be held at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. On March 24, employees from more than 20 departments and units filled the hospital’s main lobby with medical equipment, games and activities. About 250 bears were handed out to children, who learned about each of the hospital’s departments. Members of the community, including Kona Ice provided by The Junior League of The Woodlands, chick-fil-A College Park, and Aon employees, joined in on the fun.