My American Girl Doll without Hair

Promoted Skills

Product Description

Beautifully crafted 18” play doll represents a trendy tween who has no hair. The reason for the condition can be determined and represented by the child. Alopecia, trichotillomania, tinea capitis and childhood cancer treatments are some causes for hair loss in children.

Communicative 4


  • Pretend play encourages conversational skills and turn taking.         
  • Assuming roles and acting out scenarios helps develop language and social skills.
  • Through doll play, children are exposed to and learn sharing, cooperation and helping.

Play Ideas

  • Talk about the similarities and differences between the My American Girl Doll without Hair and your own life and appearance.
  • While playing with the doll, children can immerse themselves into the doll’s life situations and begin to explore their own feelings about having no hair.
  • Practice with the doll how to respond to real-life situations. For instance, if a child approaches and says, “Why don’t you have any hair?” the child can have a set response that may be short, may educate the other and be respectful. Roll play using the doll to identify different scenarios that may happen and how to react.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Include a recordable sound device (sold separately) that can help the My American Girl Doll without Hair “talk.” 

Cognitive 4


  • The doll can help promote creativity and pretend play situations. She has trendy clothing and beautiful features, which make this doll a very appealing choice for dramatic play.
  • This doll can encourage role-playing. This allows the child to explore and imitate different people in her life and learn from those different roles.
  • Cause and effect actions can be identified with the doll’s eyes. When she is laying, her eyes are closed. Raise her up and her eyes are open.

Play Ideas

  • While playing with the doll, children can immerse themselves into the doll’s life situations and begin to explore their own feelings about having no hair.
  • Find library books or research online information to further help a child understand the doll’s (and/or the child’s) condition.
  • Create scarves and hats for the doll. The scarves and hats can match what a child is wearing to further promote a bond between the two.

Social/Emotional 3


  • Learning about and developing a nurturing close relationship and friendship can be encouraged with this doll.
  • The My American Girl Doll without Hair can help children learn about social awareness and become conscious of other people and the individual issues they face.
  • Play with this doll can help children build skills to make responsible, independent choices.
  • Through pretend play, children can become more self aware of how they act and react to different situations. Pretend play enables children to “re-play” the situation and learn different ways to handle themselves and different ways to respond.

Play Ideas

  • Using the doll as a person, act out scenarios to identify what is considered bullying and how children should respond if they are bullied. This helps children understand how their words affect and influence others.
  • Plan a party with the child, her doll and a friend and the friend’s doll. The dolls may help support a child who is uncomfortable in social situations. Dolls are predictable.

Developmental Processes Promoted

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My American Girl Doll without Hair

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 3
Sensory 4
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 3