Church makes ‘teaching dolls’ as help for pediatric patients

COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

During the past year, the people of Wickes UMC worked to make 88 teaching dolls to be used by patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The congregation consecrated the dolls as part of their July 17 worship service.

About 15 people—from elementary age all the way through retirement age—helped cut, sew and stuff the dolls. The patient who receives the doll has the opportunity to finish it by drawing its clothes, face, fingers and other features. This creative process also gives nurses an idea of a patient’s developmental level, which helps medical staff explain upcoming procedures so the child has an understanding of what to expect.

Wickes is a small community in western Arkansas (Polk County, Northwest District) with a population of about 900.