One Last Hug

One Last Hug

I came across this documentary this weekend on HBO. I definitely recommend it! It gives great insight to bereavement camps and the way children view death. According to my U-Verse info, it will be available until May 12, 2014.

More info:
http://onelasthug.com/

http://www.moyerfoundation.org/programs/camperin.aspx

HIRED!

HIRED!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve just been hired to work as a Child Life Specialist in the Pediatric Emergency Department at a hospital here in Miami starting in January. I am so incredibly excited & so thankful that I was given this opportunity. I really want to thank all of my readers for always keeping me motivated to post to my child life blog. I’ve had this blog since I started volunteering with child life, throughout my practicum, my internship, and now into the start of my career. I look forward to continuing to post about my experiences now as a first-year CLS & preparing for the certification exam (which I plan to take this March). I DID IT! HOORAY!

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From Cruelty to Understanding: Trends in Special Education

From Cruelty to Understanding: Trends in Special Education

One of my wonderful readers recently e-mailed me this infographic for me to post & spread the word about special education then & now. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart as my mother owns and operates her own group home for people with disabilities and my best friends brother has down syndrome – we are actually hosting a holiday party for him & his friends later this month! Understanding the needs for people with disabilities is a big part of child life & many other careers that focus on working with children. It’s great to see from this inforgraphic how far we’ve come and how important it is that we continue to move forward in being able to provide our special needs community with the best resources available.

Thanks for sharing, Lauren!
Source: http://www.special-education-degree.net/trends/

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 put on an escalator!

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

Children’s cancer center leverages superheroes to help patients through chemotherapy

“The A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is recruiting superheroes in an attempt to help young patients better understand and cope with chemotherapy — a complex, daunting medical treatment irrespective of age. With the help of ad agency JWT, the medical facility is touting chemo to a “superformula” for kids that can help them overcome cancer. Rather than have kids stare at a cold, sterile chemotherapy bag, the Cancer Center has concealed the treatment inside colorful cases with logos from Batman, Superman, and other DC Comics heroes.”

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/2/4389178/childrens-cancer-center-leverages-superheroes-to-help-patients