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Children stress free thanks to University’s toy penguins

L-R Victoria Tew, Trainee Clinical Psychologist and Dr Kate PartridgeClinical Psychologist in the Clinical Psychology Department at the Derbyshire Children's Hospital. Holding stress penguins donated by the University of Derby.What’s the best way to relieve stress?

As indicated by youths at the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, its penguins! The delicate toy mixture, that is.

Not just do they look adorable, their “squishy” properties mean youngsters can crush them like a pressure ball – and they have been a huge hit since the University of Derby addressed a call from the clinic to offer anxiety toys.

The foundation gave a heap of ‘anxiety penguins’ which had at one time been utilized as a special apparatus at open days and UCAS fairs.

Clinical therapist Dr Kate Partridge clarifies: “These toys have been so well known with the kids that we have asked for them twice from the University.

“In our work with youngsters, youngsters and their families we frequently recognize circumstances where individuals think that it hard to express or arrangement with feelings.

“We regularly show components of pressure, unwinding and care in our work taking a gander at communicating troublesome emotions. The anxiety penguins, as we call them, have been an incredible expansion to help kids to let their strain out in a fun manner.

“We have had extremely constructive remarks from youngsters and families about how our patients utilize the anxiety penguins and kids and youngsters are exceptionally cheerful to bring the toys home with them.”

Based at the Royal Derby Hospital, the youngsters’ healing facility gives consideration and master administration to all pediatric therapeutic and surgical conditions, and numerous pro issues.

The University works with the doctor’s facility on various undergrad and postgraduate wellbeing related projects, for example, nursing degrees.

Dr Paula Crick, Head of School of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, said: “We have a nearby meeting expectations association with the Royal Derby Hospital, and are constantly joyful to help them. The gift of penguins was a little signal, and it is extraordinary to hear that they have helped the wellbeing of kids and their families”.

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Address: Kedleston Old Rd, Derby DE22 1GB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1332 590500
Website: www.derby.ac.uk
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CEO: John Coyne

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