TCU Child Development students are making a difference for children and youth in need of behavioral care support at Cook Children’s Hospital.
Frogs 4 Children, A TCU student organization, aims to create community amongst students interested making a difference in the lives of children. This semester members are partnering with Cook Children’s to create Play Boxes and volunteer their time to engage with children and youth waiting for services at the hospital.
The Cook Children’s Emergency Department provides services to children and youth in behavioral crisis, but wait times are often long and emotions are high. TCU students saw an opportunity to infuse therapeutic tools in a stressful situation.
“The boxes are based on TBRI Principles and Practices and will be utilized by our students in connecting and playing with patients as they wait,” said Dr. Casey Call, Assistant Director of Education at TCU’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. The boxes include items to help with connection and regulation, such as fidget toys, card games, stuffed animals, and activity books.
“This opportunity is exciting because it meets a deep need of children in our
community, helps Cook Children’s provide services that will help patients and their families, and allows our TCU students to utilize their trauma-informed intervention skills outside of the classroom.” Call added. “We hope others will see the value in this partnership and will consider donating.”
Frogs 4 Children members are asking for monetary donations and purchases from an Amazon wishlist to help fill the boxes. Those who wish to help can learn more through the links below: