Child Life, child life services, Medical Education

Explaining a Medical Diagnosis

"How had just yesterday I had been at school with my friends? How had just yesterday, I had been at home, looking forward to graduating... How had my world turned from day to night? What was going to happen to me?" A medical diagnosis can lead a child to wonder similar, if not the same, questions… Continue reading Explaining a Medical Diagnosis

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Child Life

Miss USA 2018

Many of us have heard about Miss USA 2018 already! But if you haven't yet, the 2018 Miss USA is Sarah Rose Summers.  The best part is that she is a certified child life specialist! Sarah shared an experience about being hospitalized when she was 5 years old, and remembers her parents being very scared… Continue reading Miss USA 2018

Child Life, Monday Movie Series

Childhood Trauma Across the Lifespan

Traumas from our childhood can continue to affect us as individuals as we age into adolescence, young/emerging adulthood, and through our entire lifespan.  Not only are there emotional and mental implications that trauma has on us, but there are also neurological implications as well. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris speaks about her experience working in California… Continue reading Childhood Trauma Across the Lifespan

Child Life, Professional Development

Kiss & Cry: A few life lessons

Kiss and cry is a term that describes the area or box that ice skaters exit to after performing.  It's referred to as this because figure skaters and their trainers will often kiss each other after great performances, and cry together after a bad performance. Cancer also has this kiss and cry area.  Cancer has… Continue reading Kiss & Cry: A few life lessons

Monday Movie Series

What Babies Learn in the Womb

I recently watched a very interesting TED talk about when learning begins.  Historically, we may have thought that learning would begin once a child was able to holophrastically or telegraphically speak.  Others may have thought that a child really begins learning after being introduced to the classroom. However, new research from epidemiology, epigenetics, and economics… Continue reading What Babies Learn in the Womb

Child Life, Monday Movie Series

Brain Development in Early Childhood

Happy Monday! Start off this week listening to Chaya Kulkarni, Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion at the Hospital for Sick Children, speak about how to nurture your baby's development in those early years (ages 0-3).  A few things she mentions in this short video clip are listed below.  Enjoy! Build a secure attachment with your… Continue reading Brain Development in Early Childhood

Child Life, Monday Movie Series

“Yup! That’s Child Life…”

Happy Monday everyone! Start the week out right with this cute video 🙂 Child Life has proven itself time and time again to be an effective and integrative part of the interdisciplinary team.  This video helps to give us all a glimpse into the journey of Teresa Schoell, MA, CCLS.  She helps portray just how… Continue reading “Yup! That’s Child Life…”

Child Life, Monday Movie Series

There’s a New Muppet on the Streets! [Monday Movie]

Happy Monday everyone! Sesame Street is introducing a new puppet who is coming to town!  Her name is Julia.  Julia is a cute red-headed, green-eyed girl with autism.  Her character on Sesame Street will be airing on TV on April 10! Be sure to watch out for her! I have included the link to a… Continue reading There’s a New Muppet on the Streets! [Monday Movie]

Health, Self-Care/Resilience

When it all seems impossible…

I have had a bit [more like a lot] of writer's block recently.  I was feeling so down, that I could not really form a complete thought concerning a topic.  I've gone through some personal difficulties this past week, and I finally have some clarity.  So I'd like to share a story, an experience that I've had… Continue reading When it all seems impossible…

Child Life, Child Life Alphabet

Child Life Alphabet – A

"A" is for Assessment Assessment of children and families in healthcare settings requires multiple facets. The assessor must have adequate knowledge, excellent communication skills, and a keen eye for observation. Assessment can be defined as “a systematic procedure for obtaining information from observation, interviews, and collaboration used to determine the level of need for services”… Continue reading Child Life Alphabet – A