Child life month

Child life month is well underway! One of the fun things we set up for our patients and families so far was a child life month kick off carnival. Some of the fun activities we offered were:  A medical myster box Saline bag toss And spin the wheel We also had additional games and ofContinue reading “Child life month”

Helping non-verbal patients have a voice

I recently had a patient that was unable to speak after a surgical procedure. She was developmentally appropriate and had no prior history of hospitalization so all of this was new and very frustrating for her. Her nurses came to me asking for help because she was having a very hard time communicating with them.Continue reading “Helping non-verbal patients have a voice”

Favorite Find of the Month

  I first learned about the child life profession when one of my child development professors my junior year of college very briefly mentioned it during one of his lectures. I jotted down “child life specialist” on the corner of my notebook and googled it when I got home. As soon as I looked it up, I knewContinue reading “Favorite Find of the Month”

Kid Flicks

Kidflicks.org is an AMAZING organization that donates movie libraries (100 DVDs) to hospitals around the world! They’ve been donating DVDs to children’s hospitals since 2002 and have donated to 750 hospitals as of May 2014! Follow the link below to read their full story & show your support 🙂   http://www.kidflicks.org

X-Ray prep

Being that I work in the emergency room I am constantly prepping little ones to go get an X-Ray done. Luckily, my amazing co-worker, Caroline, shared one of her X-Ray prepping techniques with me! The book Cooper Gets An X-Ray is great because it shows colorful, child friendly pictures of what an X-Ray machine looksContinue reading “X-Ray prep”

Ella – a friend of Barbie

Last weekend I attended a regional Child Life conference and actually won a raffle bag! One of the things inside my goody bag was this friend of Barbie, Ella. Ella has lost her her due to chemotherapy treatments and has many different accessories she can put on her head (wigs, headband, bandanas, etc). She wasContinue reading “Ella – a friend of Barbie”

‘Medical play’ helps young patients heal Child life specialists are acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being a vital part of care to children, to meet their emotional, psychological and social needs, said Gwen Senio, manager of child life programs at UI Children’s Hospital. “We really recognize that kids have unique needs thatContinue reading