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 […]

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 […]

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No! It’s Freedom Flyer!!! Da da da DUN!!! I recently did a group therapeutic activity that I wanted to share with you all! It came about after the Baymax medical gaze creation. My coworker and I are continuing to work on creative ways to integrate medical play into various activities. Since we both like superheros, […]

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, […]

Baymax Gauze Art

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It’s been awhile but I finally have a new therapeutic activity to share. This one is a little simple,  but it was actually part of a challenge that I gave myself one day while doing medical art with some children. We had given them various medical supplies and encouraged them to […]

At The End Of The Rainbow

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I’ve tested a great craft for you that you can do on this fun holiday! You may have seen this craft make it’s way around Pinterest, and I’ve been meaning to try it myself. It’s a super simple craft but I learned a few things along the way that I […]

Support In Your Darkest Hour

This week I wanted to share with you an article from the Mayo Clinic highlighting the role of Child Life Specialists, as well as Social Workers, when a patient has died. Sometimes when I explain the different aspects of my job people are surprised when I mention that I assist families during a trauma or […]

Adventures With The Lego

Last weekend I went on an adventure with my little brother to (drumroll please) Lego Land! A place of wonder and awe regarding all things Lego. As I went from exhibit to exhibit I was reminded of how therapeutic Legos are. You can build anything you want with Legos (My brother even told me someone […]