Doll Therapy is often used to help patients with Alzheimers and Dementia. Introduced in the early to mid stages of the disease's progression, it has been shown to help patients bond with their caregivers, facilitate communication and access memories. In addition to these, use of Cuddle Therapy is now being expanded to include ALS patients, trauma victims, pediatric patients as well as many others.
It is said to reduce anxiety and stress and raise the quality of life of patients who are given the opportunity to spend time holding, rocking and dressing a reborn baby doll. And unlike with real babies, patients can enjoy many of the benefits of caring for a baby, with having to worry about the health, safety or frequent crying that come with caring for a needy newborn.
Our doll 'Caroline' was adopted by Ann, a patient with advanced ALS. She took care of Caroline until she was no longer able. Then her caregivers helped her to dress and hold Caroline, until the day she died. Ann held her, dressed her and brought her with her everywhere she went. We were honored our doll helped make Ann's life richer and more full of love!
I am happy to say that I have now added Autism/Asperger's on my list of special needs that can benefit from cuddle therapy. I have opened up a relationship with Katie Haynes and her Aspergers Awareness Facebook page so that I can donate more dolls in the future. I just donate Hazel to Chloe, a young woman on the spectrum. Here she is holding Hazel -
We also have a baby doll that has been sculpted and painted to replicate a little boy with Down's syndrome. Many children and adults are born looking or feeling like they are different. This adorable kit has been sculpted with many of the prototypical characteristics of Down's syndrome. While 'Vince' is part of our own personal collection, please contact us if you know someone who might love a doll like him.