Child Life Students

The university I am attending/will be attending does not have a Child Life program – what do I do?  One of the many wonderful things about the child life profession is that you do not need to major specifically in child life to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). The university I attended for myContinue reading “Child Life Students”

Asthma Education

Asthma is a pretty common diagnosis, not just on the respiratory unit where I work, but everywhere! I had asthma as a kid and I know lots of other kids around me had it too. It was something pretty “normal” to me growing up and I never really thought twice about what it was, why IContinue reading “Asthma Education”

Favorite find of the month

As any child life specialist knows, finding a doll with plastic hair is like finding a hidden gem! Due to infection control precautions, cloth dolls or dolls with hair (barbie) should not be used in between patients because they are not able to be properly cleaned/sanitized. I was so excited when I found this AladdinContinue reading “Favorite find of the month”

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”

34th annual child life conference 

As many of you probably already know, this year’s national child life conference was in Orlando, Florida. Only 4 hours away from where I live, I was very exited that conference was in my home state this year. Unfortunately due to a prior engagement I was only able to attend the conference Thursday and Friday,Continue reading “34th annual child life conference “

Grad School Update

I am so excited to announce that I will be graduating this summer with my masters degree in developmental disabilities with a concentration in child life from Nova Southeastern University! During my time in grad school, I received many e-mails from prospective students asking about graduate degree in child life. Here are some of the FAQ’sContinue reading “Grad School Update”

Cystic fibrosis resources! 

Working on a respiratory unit I often have patients that have been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This is a population I never worked with at my previous position in the pediatric emergency room so I had a lot of learning to do coming into my new position. May is CF awareness month so IContinue reading “Cystic fibrosis resources! “

Free Webinar 5/6/2016

  About this event: Fathers have an important role in their child’s health, and their involvement benefits children, families, and fathers themselves. However, there are still instances when fathers are not included, or there are institutional biases that discourage fathers’ involvement in their child’s health care. This free 1-hour webinar on Friday, May 6, 2016Continue reading “Free Webinar 5/6/2016”

Favorite find of the month

Probably just like most of you reading this, I’m a sucker for child life-y apps! This month’s favorite find is an app called “Okee in Medical Imagining” created by the Royal Children’s Hospital all the way in Melbourne, Australia. This very cute & child friendly app gives it’s users an insiders view on different radiology tests andContinue reading “Favorite find of the month”

Camp Erin

Over the weekend I volunteered at Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children and teens that have experienced the loss of a loved one. Because I am a CCLS, I was a “clinical point person” at the camp – someone that the children in my group could turn to if they were feeling overwhelmed orContinue reading “Camp Erin”