Grape medicine cups 

Taking medicine isn’t always easy – especially when it needs to be taken every day for an extended period of time. Non-compliance with taking medicine can also cause a great deal of stress for parents, especially when it’s the one thing keeping the patient from being discharged. One of my patients was having a hardContinue reading “Grape medicine cups “

Shield of Bravery!

One of my younger patients was a little shy and nervous to be back in the hospital setting so we made a shield with tips to help him be brave. We had a lot of fun making this shield and of course, I learned so much more about him during the activity. I learned aboutContinue reading “Shield of Bravery!”

Fall Themed Craft Kits

I’m all about waiting room craft kits! Especially seasonal ones! I mean, c’mon, look how cute these little “Fall Friends” are!! These craft kits are very easy to make and I am truly blessed to have such great volunteers that help me make dozens of them (thanks sofi & stephanie). All you need is: FoamContinue reading “Fall Themed Craft Kits”

Holiday craft kits.

I’ve been putting together some holiday themed craft kits for the kiddos in our ER. I was able to find these gingerbread foam stickers from oriental trading & made little bags with 10 in each & a white piece of paper. They’ve been a huge hit so far & were super easy/cheap to make.

Budget friendly beading

For a while my beaded bracelet kits have been a huge hit in the ER, however at $9 for a dozen, it can get pretty pricey. Luckily, I decided to make my own beading kits! All I needed was a roll of string, beads, and plastic baggies (which I had from the hospital). They’re asContinue reading “Budget friendly beading”

Easy peasy waiting room activity

I just recently had a volunteer assigned to my department which I am very excited about! By having a volunteer, I can now engage patients with fun activities that can help normalize the environment & beat the boredom while they wait. One activity that I put together is a simple “greeting cards” craft. Materials: –Continue reading “Easy peasy waiting room activity”

Teddy bear casting clinic

Today my fellow CCLS & I helped in hosting a teddy bear casting clinic outside of a local children’s theater. It was so much fun! The kids loved learning how to cast their bears & being able to feel the supplies used. We successfully casted tons of Teddy’s with broken arms and legs. (No teddyContinue reading “Teddy bear casting clinic”

Don’t forget the teens

During my practicum I always struggled when interacting with teens. Being that I was 21 years old when I was doing my practicum, it seemed awkward for me to provide child life services to someone who was so close in age. During my internship I went out of my comfort zone and really made anContinue reading “Don’t forget the teens”

Syringe painting

One of my favorite activities to do with my patients is syringe painting. I haven’t had much of a chance to do it in a while and last week I finally got the opportunity! I was supporting a very spunky & brave 7-year-old during her IV start which took a long time because her veinsContinue reading “Syringe painting”

Child life month – first timer

As you all may know, this is my first year celebrating Child Life Month as a Child Life Specialist! Very exciting!! However, I am the only CLS in my department so it’s really up to me how I decide to celebrate Child Life month (no pressure, right?!). Being that I started working in January, IContinue reading “Child life month – first timer”