Make Your Own Port-Access Doll

I am so excited to share with you the first video-blog for A Little Playfullness!!! This is my first time doing a video-blog post, so bear with me as I learn. In this post I’m showing a hospital buddy doll that I made into a port-access doll. I hope you enjoy this video and let me know what you think!

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 therapy is a wonderful, safe, and appropriate environment for kids to work through the problems life sometimes throws at them. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did!

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 important role child life specialists as well as social workers, physical therapists, speech therapists and many other disciplines have on the health and wellbeing of the patient. The video is very inspiring and I believe that it is a great reminder to anyone who works in healthcare that this is why we do what we do. And to never forget to treat the patient, not just the disease. You can watch an excerpt of the video from the Association Of Child Life Professional’s YouTube Channel here:

 

To watch the whole video, follow this link to vimeo! It’s totally worth it, so check it out!

Let’s CHAT

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Recently I was privilegedĀ  to present at the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas’s Nursing Conference. It was so exciting to be able to talk again about our nitrous oxide program at our hospital, but I was totally blown away by the sessions I got to attend as well. Even though the conference was geared towards continuing education for nurses, there were so great presentations that anyone in healthcare could benefit from, regardless of field. I learned about the latest advances in sedation, tips for dealing with burnout, and recognizing types of trauma, to name a few. It was really awesome to see things from the perspective of nursing and I definitely have a better understanding of not only my nursing coworkers, but how we can work together. I definitely recommend if you are a child life specialist to not forget about what other disciplines can teach you!

Even more of a surprise was how much people liked my own presentation. It turns out that the poster presentations were all rated and I got great reviews!! It was really an honor to be able to present and I’m so glad that people found it helpful!

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I can’t wait to see what will be my next project!!!

Students! Got a Question?

Happy first day of December!! I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of the year. Time has surely flown by, and I can’t wait for the holidays!!! I know many people are gearing up for lots of different parties, gift-giving, and vacations, but for the child life student out there, you are also getting ready to apply for internships and practicums for this next year.

I remember what it was like getting the applications together, checking to make sure you have everything, and stressing that the packet got to the right hospital on time. Lately I’ve noticed many students asking for suggestions and advice about applying for internships and practicums and I know your anxiety. Because of that, I’ve created a page on ALitttlePlayfullness where you can submit your questions. You can either find the page by clicking this link, or by clicking the “Contact Me” button on the top of the page in the right-hand corner. I’m happy to answer questions relating to the field of child life, from those who are just learning to those who have been on the road for awhile. Also if you are a parent or a caregiver who has questions about supporting your child during their medical experiences, feel free to drop me a line as well!

Here’s a fun picture for your enjoyment today! I hope you all have a chance to be a little playful!

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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 didĀ great job sharing some of the important aspects of child life work and I’m very happy he was able to share it with such a broad audience. There were even some awesome case examples that Michael used to drive the point home. I highly encourage you to check out this video! Click the link below to check it out!

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Fun-in-the-Face-of-Crisis-Micha;search%3Atedxpeaceplaza