Bernard the Hospital Puppet - Diana Chiles - Le Bonheur Children's Hospital - Good Will
"A Cheerful Heart
Does Good Like A Medicine."
Speaking Topics &
Issues that Diana can utilize when speaking to your school, church, or organization.
Diana Chiles worked as the
Pediatric Therapist for
the Mississippi Baptist
Medical Center in Jackson, MS
for twelve years, from June
20, 1979 to March 1, 1991 . . . .
and then for Le Bonheur
Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN
for twenty years, from March
1, 1991 to June 20, 2011.
Ms. Chiles is currently working as an
independent free-lance Christian
focusing on churches and children's
as well as medical
institutions, schools and civic organizations.
The Adventures of Bernard, the Hospital Puppet
The audience will be thoroughly entertained as they
hear stories of this green little boy’s hospital adventures. Even a small
child can appreciate the message of compassion — an important
skill needed when working with a sick or injured child.
Show the Movie: "Bernard, Are You Okay?"
takes Bernard through his adventure of falling off the monkey bars while playing
with his friends at the playground. He goes to the Emergency Department where
he gets an X-Ray, learns that he has broken his arm, and gets a cast. (This
award-winning video is 20 minutes.)
Puppets, Laughter, & Tears
This classic lecture is excellent for church groups, youth
groups, medical and
college students, high school students, health care professionals, and
civic organizations. Focusing on the
emotional care of hospitalized children and their families, Diana will share
stories from her thirty-plus years of working with families whose children have
inspired her life.
(Luncheons, Fellowships, Mother/Daughter Banquets, Sweetheart Banquets, Church
Banquets, Youth Groups, etc.)
Bereavement and Grief Support
Diana Chiles, former board member
of the Compassionate Friends, can help your church, school, or
bereavement and grief support.
The role of a Child Life
A hospital can be a scary place for children.
Child Life Specialists help hospitalized children and their families cope
with all aspects of illness and hospitalization by relieving stress and
anxiety. Utilizing play, combined with an expert understanding of a
child's developmental needs, Child Life Specialists work with the medical
staff to help hospitalized children and their families overcome their fears
and provide comfort and security.
Child life specialists
do this through preparing the children for medical procedures, normalizing
the environment, facilitating coping methods, supporting and advocating for
the child and family, and providing opportunities for age-appropriate play.
Diana Chiles has been a member of the Child Life
Council since it's was formed in 1982. She was among the first Child
Life Specialists to become certified in 1988. Throughout all these
years, she has had the pleasure of attending workshops by many of the
of the Child Life Profession, including Emma Plank,
Children in Hospitals),
Madeline Petrillo (author of the Emotional Care of
Hospitalized Children), Sally Francis Keyhayes (former Director of Child
Life at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and author of numerous books and
Ruth Kettner (former
Director of Child Life at Winnipeg Children's Hospital), and Richard H. Thompson
Gene Stanford, (Co-Authors
Child Life in Hospitals: Theory and Practice).
has presented workshops herself at two nationals Child Life Councils and two
ACCH national conferences (Association for the Care of Children's Health). Ms.
Chiles has performed workshops for several hospital throughout
the United States and Canada.
The Therapeutic Use of Play / Puppets in a Health Care Setting
1. The Use of Play to
Help Kids Cope with Hospitalization
A. An effective tool to help meet needs (emotional, social,
creative, educational, developmental)
B. Bridge over Barriers (time, race, culture, language, social
status, fantasies, frustrations, fears)
C. Gains and Give Information
2. Utilization of
A. For Fun
B. To help children express and cope with their feelings
C. To provide comfort and friendship
D. To prepare children for medical procedures and surgery
3. Limitations of Play
B. Fantasy versus reality
A. Review ways in which play helps to comfort, support, and strengthen
the family unit.
The Emotional Care of Hospitalized Children and Their Families
In this lecture, the student will . .
Examine several aspects
of the emotional care of the hospitalized child and his or her
Examine therapeutic communication
techniques for use in communicating with children.
Examine the stressors & reactions to
illness and/or hospitalization as they relate to each development stage in
Examine parental reactions to illness
and/or hospitalization as they relate to each developmental stage in childhood.
Examine ways to teach parents
strategies to minimize their sense of loss of control of their hospitalized
Implement the uses of play in medical
Discuss the emotional care for
children undergoing therapeutic, diagnostic, or surgical procedures.
The Power Within
I love speak to churches! With
these special audiences, I get to share the power behind Bernard.