DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - "We try to put each event that will occur in a hospital admission in a setting that they can understand and relate to, and it's fun," said Bret McGill, the Division of Health Dean at Calhoun Community College.
The children start in the emergency room and learn about George the Monkey's bike accident and the importance of helmets, arm and knee pads.
Role playing helps in the admission office to understand what mom and dad go through. In the patient room, first-graders are introduced to stethoscopes and call buttons.
Wide-eyed wonder meets reality inside the ambulance. Health safety rooms, x-ray and much more give these children a better understanding of the steps taken for hospital admission.
"So it allows the child when he has to experience something, he'll at least understand and kind of recall these moments that are more positive," said McGill.