Staving Off Compassion Fatigue

If you are working in any helping profession you know that it is very important to guard against compassion fatigue. Those who are in the child life field know that it’s incredibly important. The reality is that the job of a child life specialist can be very emotionally difficult. You are often asked to come […]

Friday Fun: Because Kids Don’t Talk Like That

It’s National Play Therapy Week and there is the funniest video on youtube that gives a great example of why play therapy is so important. As I explain to so many people every day, kids don’t really sit and have a long, deep conversation about their feelings and experiences. They communicate through play. And play […]

A Hero With A Stethoscope

Today I wanted to share a wonderful video about a Dr. Michael B Harris, an oncologist who is more than just a doctor treating cancer. He is treating the whole patient and the whole family, very much like a child life specialist. In fact, he is a huge supporter of child life, talking about the […]

Sharing Play Even In The Most Difficult Circumstances

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you a wonderful video that was shared with me last week. Michael Towne, a child life specialist in California got up on the TEDx stage to share about how important it is to have fun, even when the situation appears most dire. He did great job sharing some of […]

Bringing the Leaders to Child Life

There was a great video posted recently about how a hospital CEO sat down and learned some of the things child life does with patients and families. I think that it’s awesome the leaders are getting involved and really seeing what we do for the patients. I hope more hospital leaders will reach out and […]

The Real Meaning of Relationships

I wanted to share with you all this wonderful and thought-provoking article I read about how one child life specialist sees her relationships with her patients and families. I love how she talks about the importance of play and how it is so instrumental in helping us develop relationships with patients, who can then trust […]

Perscription for Pain: Music Time!

I am so excited to come across this article! I definitely think that music can help decrease pain. Not only does it help distract you, but it can also influence your emotions, which can help you produce more endorphins and decrease the pain. And music can help you feel less anxious and more relaxed, which […]

The Voices In Your Head Say…

Hi everyone! I hope that you all are feeling good! Speaking of feelings, I wanted to share a cool new movie with you all. I got the chance to see the new Disney and Pixar movie “Inside Out” earlier this week and it was too good not to tell everyone about it. That being said, […]