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

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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

Child Life

Empowering Children and Families

em·pow·er, əmˈpou(ə)r, verb to give (someone) the authority or power to do something. to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights I recently read a wonderful post written by Child Life Specialist, Lauren Meyer, M.A, who works at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.  She touched on some wonderful ideas about… Continue reading Empowering Children and Families

Child Life

Books to Read that Relate to Child Life

There are so many ways we as students prepare ourselves to become Certified Child Life Specialists. We volunteer in hospitals as well as other settings.  We attend conferences and student symposiums.  We gear our classes with a child life emphasis as much as possible.  We continually refresh our minds on theories in development.  We prep… Continue reading Books to Read that Relate to Child Life