Child Life Market

All week long I’ve shared with you some of my favorite resources I use to help my patients cope with hospitalization. Let’s end another week with a peek into my child life market, Coping + Normalization Edition!  Normalization Link: http://a.co/3sqZ08E Coping Tools Link: http://a.co/2uwX17K

Favorite Find

In January 2014, The Confetti Foundation started supplying birthday party kits to children who spend their birthdays in the hospital. Through the party kits, children of all ages are celebrated and honored on their special day. One of my favorite duties as a CCLS is helping patients celebrate important milestones, like birthdays! I love celebrating birthdaysContinue reading “Favorite Find”

Favorite Find

Tanners Totes is dedicated to providing cheer to preteen and teen patients undergoing long-term hospital treatments and stays. A Tanner’s Tote is unique in that it presents the patient with a wide variety of new, non-food, items to bring some greatly needed distractions and joy. This is another organization that I hold near and dearContinue reading “Favorite Find”

Favorite Find

Being that March is Child Life Month (YAY!) I am going to share with you 3 of my favorite finds throughout the week. Today is all about Pabs Packs! “PAB” is for Pia and Abbie; that’s us. We are lifelong friends. One of the things we share is knowing what it’s like to be in the hospital feeling lousy andContinue reading “Favorite Find”

NICU Graduates

It’s a great day in NICU whenever we have a NICU graduate leaving our hospital! To commemorate this major milestone, I teamed up with volunteers to knit graduation caps. I then gave the graduation caps to our discharge nurse to give out for patients that have been admitted to our NICU for 30 days or more.Continue reading “NICU Graduates”

Let’s talk about camp!

Back in March, I mentioned I was working at one of my hospital’s week long camps for patients with special healthcare needs. Now that I have some more free time having finished with school, I’m ready to let you all in on the magic I witnessed during my week at camp. Our camp is a (free)Continue reading “Let’s talk about camp!”

Favorite Find of the Month

This month I stumbled across this hilarious illustration of the digestive system by “the awkward yeti”… After some further investigation, I came to find the artist’s website where I then found my favorite find of the month for June! The awkward yeti has created a Kickstarter page to support his “organs attack” card game. YouContinue 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 “

Favorite Find of the Month 

   My favorite find of the month this month is an organization named“Hope Has Fun”. Founded by 10-year-old Isabella, Hope Has Fun brings the power of play to children in the hospital. Their current project is to collect items for Operation Smile’s Child Life program. This project will be open for anyone to participate inContinue reading “Favorite Find of the Month “

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Being a Child Life Specialist is great, but I feel that I cannot take full credit for the wonderful work that I do. There are many amazing organizations out there that work to provide Child Life teams around the nation with tools and materials that will help make the hospital experience less scary. Below areContinue reading “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”