Distraction

During my internship, my supervisors would often challenge me to provide distraction for patients without using an iPad. I’d often shrug it off because, in the rush of getting called for a procedure while they’re already setting up, the patient already crying and tension rising, the iPad 9 times out of 10 would work likeContinue reading “Distraction”

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 “

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’m sure I’ve mentioned before in one of my posts how much I love giving gold medals as a reward for brave patients. Especially when I was working in the ER, on a busy night  I’d easily run through a pack of medals. Often times I’ve noticed that when given a medal and a toyContinue reading “Favorite find of the month “

Worth it: 003

    I found this hidden in my drafts & thought it would be great to post for today’s throwback Thursday! This was written about a year ago when I was still working in the pediatric emergency room. I love this post because stories like these happen all of the time thanks to child life specialists!Continue reading “Worth it: 003”

Favorite Find of the Month

My favorite find of the month are these coloring books that feature kids with disabilities! Sue Nuenke and her son, Christopher Harmon, have worked together to create fun coloring books and stickers that will help kids “see characters that look like them too”. I am a huge fan of any and all resources that IContinue reading “Favorite Find of the Month”

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”

Providing Support for Children with Special Needs

This is a topic that I hold very near and dear to my heart, so much so that I am working on my masters degree in developmental disabilities! As like any new Child Life Specialist, it’s already challenging enough to master the art of effectively matching appropriate interventions to a patient’s temperament, family influence, andContinue reading “Providing Support for Children with Special Needs”

Sibling Support

The other day I had a patient (10yo) come into the ER with her mother and younger sister (6yo) via ambulance for a laceration. The two girls were doing backflips into the pool and well, one of those backflips didn’t end so well. I went into the room and the patient seemed to be coping very well.Continue reading “Sibling Support”

Child life month! 

As a 1 person program working solely in the ER, here’s how I’m celebrating! Implementation of a Child Life newsletter for the nurses lounge. A Child Life trivia quiz! Everyone fills out a sheet & returns it to me. I will pick random sheets to “grade” and the first person I pick that gets allContinue reading “Child life month! “