So… about grad school…

Now that I’m well into my first semester of grad school I thought I’d take the time to let you all know how it’s going. Being that this is my first time going to school while working full time, I thought it’d be a good idea to only take one class my first semester. ThisContinue reading “So… about grad school…”

& my adventure continues…

Today is the first day of school for many down here in Miami, so I figured today is a good day to announce to my followers that I’ve been accepted into grad school at Nova Southeastern University! The degree will be in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in Child Life. This will be the firstContinue reading “& my adventure continues…”

How I studied for the certification exam

When I finally signed up to take my certification exam, I quickly became overwhelmed with what/how I had to study. The Child Life Council has a list of suggested materials for you to review before the test – ( http://childlife.org/files/CandidateManual.pdf — page 15) – but it can definitely be overwhelming to be given a listContinue reading “How I studied for the certification exam”

Choosing Your Child Life Internship Project

      Usually towards the end of your Child Life internship the time will come for you to create a very creative and unique project that will truly show your passion for Child Life and creative abilities with almost no instructions given to you. No pressure, right? Most of us in Child Life are pretty creative to beginContinue reading “Choosing Your Child Life Internship Project”

Tips for child life students

We’re living in a time when we’re pulling out our phones and taking pictures of everything. Take advantage of our easy access to photography and take pictures of your work! Therapeutic activities you come up with, medical art, crafts, child life events, cards/pictures given to you by patients, etc. You’ll love this decision when itContinue reading “Tips for child life students”

Tips for child life students

I remember feeling nervous a lot during my practicum and internship because I feared not knowing exactly what to do in any given situation – what if I prep a 6-year-old for a CT Scan and they still freak out? What do I say to a 14-year-old that just found out she is pregnant? HowContinue reading “Tips for child life students”

Child Life Conference: Recap!

Just last month I went to the Child Life Conference in New Orleans. This was my first time attending conference and it was MAGICAL! I don’t know why I had never gone as a student – I guess I thought that going to conference was more of a professionals thing to go to, but IContinue reading “Child Life Conference: Recap!”

Child life library

Things have been so hectic this past week since coming back from conference! Luckily I had some time this morning to enjoy my coffee & take notes on my new book: “prescription for success: supporting children with autism spectrum disorder in the medical environment” by Jill Hudson. If time is kind to me, I hopeContinue reading “Child life library”

Course Work Review —> Eligibility Assessment Service

I’ve been having a couple of Child Life students e-mail me asking about the pre-practicum/internship process. Since the Child Life Council (CLC) is currently restructuring this process, it can be a little confusing. Here’s what’s going on: Up until April of this year, the process went like this: you submitted a “course work review” to the CLC – aContinue reading “Course Work Review —> Eligibility Assessment Service”

I love Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital!

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Spreads Cheer With Pharrell Williams’ Hit “Happy” « CBS Miami. So proud to see these Child Life Specialists that taught me everything I know on the news! Click the link above to see the amazing work the Child Life team is doing at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.  I’ll alwaysContinue reading “I love Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital!”