I have a 9 year old client who has a phobia of having her blood drawn. Because of some medical issues, this has to happen with relative frequency and so we have been working on treating it. Because she was so excited the first time she saw the Comfort Critter, I decided to utilize it in her treatment. We began using the monkey as a stand-in for her as the patient, and she herself acted the role of the phlebotomist. First, we tied the tourniquet around the monkey, she even pumped his hand as the phlebotomist has done with her. We went through all the steps, even having her insert the needle into the monkey’s arm, pretending to draw the blood. She talked to him comfortingly throughout the “procedure.” Eventually, we moved to the Comfort Critter sitting in her arm while we went through the steps with her as the patient, using some of the same soothing language she has used with the Comfort Critter. On the last session before her next blood draw, my client asked me if she could take the Comfort Critter home with her to take to the blood draw appointment. Of course, I agreed (although I have to admit to my own pangs of regret when I watched the Critter leave my office with her). My client indicated it was the best she had ever done at a blood draw…of course I had to get a new Comfort Critter because that one never made it back to my office!
– Kim Kelly, LMHC
Certified EMDR Therapist
I gave a Comfort Critter to a 7 year old boy today who lost his mom last Friday. He loved it!!! He hugged it, held it and named it Jo Jo! He really liked the Comfort Cards he can write secret notes on and put in the heart pocket. He was excited to show the rest of his family. I wanted you to know how much comfort your beautiful creation gave to this little boy today. Thank you for making these available to use for our clients! It felt so good to be able to provide him with some kind of comfort today.
– Jennifer Maggiore, LCSW, OSW-C
Patient Services Director
Ackerman Cancer Center
I am thrilled to have a Comfort Critter in my therapeutic playroom. He is typically found sitting on the shelf (or in a lap) with his pouch stuffed full of drawings and notes. He is currently wearing a necklace a 4 year old client made for him. (She also made a matching one for herself). He has been a wonderful addition to the playroom and dutifully holds many feelings for my young clients. The story is just beautiful and applies to so many different situations. A Comfort Critter is a wonderfully safe and concrete way for young children to express their needs, wants, and wishes.
– Anna L. Farrin, LCSW
Registered Play Therapist