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What's a Giggle Doctor?

Theodora Giggle Doctors are professional performers, highly trained to work in both the hospital and hospice environments, and with children with disabilities. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring with them a variety of skills (amongst our team are actors, entertainers, magicians, musicians and singers).

 

 

  • Giggle school

    Training

    The training consists of a rigorous schedule of artistic and medical workshops which cover topics such as child development, infection control, child bereavement and the impact of illness and bereavement on families.  Dr Bananas, Dr Dotty and their funny friends are also trained in 'Intensive Interaction' which is a practical approach to working with people with very severe learning difficulties, helping them to relate and communicate better with the people around them.  The Giggle Doctors learn the fundamentals of communication, exploring the elements that come into play: position, movement, mirroring, repetition, eye-contact and most of all having fun and providing opportunities for play.

    We are not looking for any new Giggle Doctors at present. Please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed of when we are.

  • Keeping children safe

    Child protection above everything

    All our Giggle Doctors have an enhanced DBS check.  They always get permission from the children before approaching them.  Nurses also inform us whether or not to visit a particular child.  Our service is one of the few things in hospital children can have a say in. To request a copy of our child protection policy please contact theodora.uk@theodora.org
     

  • Programmes

    Hospitals, Hospices and Specialist Care Centres

    We currently visit hospitals and hospices, as well as specialist care centres for children with brain injuries and severe epilespy who need 24 hour individual care.

Testimonials

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She has been talking to everyone about the Giggle Doctor ever since she met her. They are perfect and a perfect way to make a child's stay in hospital less stressful.

A Parent / 01/11/2016

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I have had the pleasure of seeing the Giggle Doctors in action and am amazed at the difference they can make to a child and their family members through the simple act of Laughter. I am proud to be a supporter and to have introduced them to Rotary.

Ken Robertshaw, Rotarian / 01/03/2016

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