Or something like that. In the hospital kids go through many experiences that he or she normally wouldn’t be experiencing. At the same time, they have less chances in their day to engage in normal things they would be doing. As you’ve probably noticed if you’re an avid reader of this blog, there are many different ways to go about what child life specialists call “normalizing the environment”. Another way that hasn’t been fully mentioned yet is special events. I wanted to share with you an article I found that talks about how child life specialists utilize special events to normalize, encourage, and brighten kids days. You can read the article here at Wishing Well.
I really like how simple the article is, talking about the importance of special events while also highlighting some of the work that goes into putting on an event. There are many more variables that have to be considered when doing an event in a hospital. Take the Harry Potter day I discussed last week. Not only did we have to come up with ideas for activities and ways we could decorate the playroom, but we also had to consider how we would bring the event to kids who couldn’t leave their room, how we would deal with infection control, and making sure that our decorations we aligned with hospital policy, just to name a few. But I have to say, it was well worth the effort because it made an amazing positive impact on everyone.