Thank you for Easter Baskets, Chocolate, and Everyone!!!

Happy Easter everyone!!! I hope that you all have had some wonderful sweet or even savory treat, surrounded by people who love you. I personally enjoyed some chocolate and sweet potatoes while hanging out with my roommate and her family, along with my sister, since my own family is far away. (I had other food […]

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 […]

Bee-Prints

New art project for all of you as spring is in the air! (Or at least, it is where I live, we had to turn our air conditioner on this week!) I wanted to share a foot-print art project I tested out that is really adorable. It’s a bumble bee footprint picture that is perfect […]

The Power of Art Over Radiation Treatment

I wanted to share with you all this week a great article about kids taking control over their radiation treatment. Did you know that for some types of radiation treatment patients must wear a special mask that keeps their head in just the right spot during radiation? The mask itself can look quite scary, even […]

Butterflies Are Free

This activity took me a bit longer than I expected, but it worked out so well that I wanted to share it with you. First some background though. I was browsing Target a few weeks ago when I came across a decorative paper butterfly chain. I almost bought it, but then I though, ‘Why buy […]

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 […]

The Sillyness of Silly Putty

Today I want to talk about an activity that has been requested so many times that I felt like it deserved it’s own post. It is one of those little gems of an activity that not only is it fun to make, but the finished product also works great to decrease stress and anxiety. I […]

Do-A-Dot Art With Toothettes

The other day I was doing a medical collage activity when I found a new use for toothettes: They make a great stand in for the Do-A-Dot paint bottles! Yep, not only do they make pretty flower prints on a page, they can also make other fun print designs. Here’s my example. You’ll probably notice […]

Looking Into The Future

I’ve got a fun new therapeutic activity for you this week that I hope you will find useful (I definitely did!). I wanted to try this activity for awhile after I read about it in a favorite book of mine, “Little Windows Into Art Therapy” by Deborah Schroder. She talked about using a magic wand […]

Sharing Child Life in the Clinics

As I was reading articles, I came across a really sweet one in The Virginia-Pilot about how one child life specialist is helping kids in a cancer clinic. It’s a quick read, but I liked how well it encompassed the many jobs child life specialist have. In addition, the article doesn’t shy away from one […]