Don’t forget the teens

During my practicum I always struggled when interacting with teens. Being that I was 21 years old when I was doing my practicum, it seemed awkward for me to provide child life services to someone who was so close in age. During my internship I went out of my comfort zone and really made anContinue reading “Don’t forget the teens”

Syringe painting

One of my favorite activities to do with my patients is syringe painting. I haven’t had much of a chance to do it in a while and last week I finally got the opportunity! I was supporting a very spunky & brave 7-year-old during her IV start which took a long time because her veinsContinue reading “Syringe painting”

Child life month – first timer

As you all may know, this is my first year celebrating Child Life Month as a Child Life Specialist! Very exciting!! However, I am the only CLS in my department so it’s really up to me how I decide to celebrate Child Life month (no pressure, right?!). Being that I started working in January, IContinue reading “Child life month – first timer”

Starting off!

WOW! I thought I was busy during my internship – I have not stopped since I started working! Anyways, I wanted to give you guys a little update on starting as a child life specialist in the ER:          I am the only specialist in our ER and we have about 19Continue reading “Starting off!”

Theme week – Day 5, World Fair!

For our grand finale of our theme week we decided to have a World Fair! We had stickers, passports, globe stress balls, and globe headbands to hand out to the kiddos that came by (all purchases from oriental trading.) As for crafts, kids could either travel to Brazil to make carnival headdresses or to Venice,Continue reading “Theme week – Day 5, World Fair!”

This may look like just your average run of the mill 1940’s slinky, and it is…kind of. A slinky can be used by Child Life to teach a school aged patient about a lumbar puncture by comparing the slinky to a spine. Pretty cool, huh? It can also be used for endless fun if putContinue reading

A children’s hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., has opened its doors to the pets of its long-term patients. Healing Paws is a new dog visitation program at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, USA Today reports. It aims to make life a little bit better for its pediatric patients. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/dogs-visit-hospitals-healing-paws_n_3616879.html

Paul and the Dragon Story: Paul is feeling sick and needs to go to the hospital. After several tests he is diagnosed with cancer. He does not understand what is happening to him, and what the medications are doing. He feels scared and alone. His doctor explains to him that the cancer is like a dragon in Continue reading