Hello everyone, my name is Diane!
I started this blog when I was first learning about the child life profession & continued to post throughout my time volunteering, my practicum, my internship, and into the start of my career as a Certified Child Life Specialist. When I was first looking into child life I searched the web for child life blogs that could give me some more insight about the job & what it was all about, but I didn’t have much luck so I decided to start my own! Fast forward a couple of years later, here I am doing my dream job & with a blog that’s been there all throughout my adventure.
My goal is to make this a place for all of those interested in the child life profession to be able to get an “insiders perspective” on what the job is all about. I would also like this to be an inviting place for fellow child life specialists (students and professionals) to come and share ideas and become inspired.
If you have any questions or just want to say “hello” feel free to e-mail me at AdventuresinChildLife@Gmail.com – I love hearing from you guys!!
Thanks for reading!
Here’s my adventure (in a nutshell):
Spring 2012 – Graduated from the Florida State University with my bachelors degree in Spanish & Child Development
Fall 2012 – Volunteered at a local children’s hospital & took a child life class taught by a CCLS (univeristy of new hampshire, online class)
Spring 2013 – Practicum at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Fall 2013 – Internship at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL
January 2014 – First day of work as a child life Specialist in a pediatric emergency department in a children’s hospital within an adult hospital
March 2014 – Became a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
February 2016: Moved to a stand alone children’s hospital as a CCLS in the respiratory unit
Today: Working as a CCLS in the in-patient surgery/orthopedic unit