Hospital Entertainment, Managing Challenging Behaviour and PrizesManaging challenging behaviour is one of the top concerns of any kids and family entertainer. In this episode, we give you strategies that have worked brilliantly for us, and might work for you as well.
We also discuss clown doctoring and important guidelines to keep in mind if you’re entertaining at hospitals.
Last but not the least, we look into how prizes can go wrong and what you can do about this.
It’s a 50-minute jam-packed episode prepared just for you. We’ve also taken the time to condense all the important points in this episode into a single handout (it’s free to download—just see the box below) so all you have to do is hit play and enjoy.
In this episode we discuss:
In Your Voice: Hospital Work
Has anyone here done gigs at children’s hospitals visiting sick children in the wards? I have been hired by a children’s hospital to do balloons and very simple magic. I just watched Patch Adams last night. Such a gorgeous movie, but I honestly don’t know if I’m that naturally funny or perhaps I am overthinking again (which I always do!). Would love to hear from anyone who has done this type of work. Thanks! – Dale Gideon
- Tips and reminders for entertaining in hospitals
- Tips for ‘being funny’ and clown doctoring
Tips from the Vault: Managing Challenging Behaviour
- Understanding children and the causes of disruptive behavior
- Setting boundaries and contracting with the children
- Using points
- Dealing with a disruptive group
- The power of compliments
Watch Ken’s Kids Mind lecture
Hot Topic: The Dark Side of Prizes
- Shifting the focus – from the prize to the fun
- Awarding points and empowering children with this
- Branding the prizes you give away
- Using prizes to encourage volunteers
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