Starkville, Mississippi (July 17, 2018) – The Claiborne at Adelaide is offering Baby Play Therapy to allow residents and infants to play together each week.
Baby Play Therapy takes place every Monday at 4 p.m.
Director of Activities Charli Bradshaw said Baby Play Therapy originally started in June when Leanne Williamson of Christian World Missions donated baby dolls to the memory care residents. She said the residents loved the baby dolls so much they decided to try real infants, and the program grew from there.
“It’s proven to be therapeutic,” Bradshaw said. “It’s bridging the gap of generations. Many of the ladies were stay at home moms, and this allows them to care for someone else instead of being cared for.”
Bradshaw said Claiborne at Adelaide provides the toys, which are disinfected before and after playtime, and the residents can play with and hold the infants, and feed them and change their diapers if they want to.
“Those smiles — oh my God. They are just so tickled to see those babies,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw said local mothers and family members of residents bring their infants for the residents to play with, and anyone else is welcome to come. Children from newborns to two years old are invited. To participate, contact Bradshaw at (662) 268-9555.