Popcorn Party: Your Healthcare Companion

Last night I got to see “Big Hero Six” at the movie theater. I was super excited to see the movie since I had heard so many good things and the trailer looked so good. In fact, the movie trailer I shared with you a few weeks ago for a Friday Fun post was one […]

Monthly Book Club: Time For Your Checkup!

This month I got the pleasure to read a book written by a fellow child life specialist regarding going to the doctor. “It’s Time For Your Checkup: What To Expect When Going To A Doctor’s Visit” is a book written by Shani Thornton, MS, CCLS. The book focuses on explaining how a well child visit […]

The Strength of Singing

I am so excited about an article I just read that I wanted to share it with all of you readers, especially since it applies so well to the goal of this blog. The Guardian just released a piece on how singing to children can impact their language development. You can read the article in […]

Plot Pictures

This week I’ve got a new drama therapeutic activity for everyone, Yay! I really like this activity because it’s one of those theater games that even the kids that say they aren’t actors can participate with enthusiasm. It can also be tailored to the needs and abilities of the participants, which is great for those […]

The Secret of Deep Breathing

I read a great blog post on how bubbles are an awesome secret weapon in the toolbox of a Child Life Specialist. I know that I’ve post on the power of bubbles back when I first started this blog, but you can never get enough of those delicate spheres. I really liked how this article […]

My Hospital Scavenger Hunt

Last week I read a really great blog post by Child Life Mommy about how she took her children on a scavenger hunt. In the post she mentions how scavenger hunts are great to do indoors, even in a hospital. You can read the awesome article in full on her blog here. I totally agree […]

Silence Is Golden

A few weeks ago I got a touch of laryngitis and lost my voice. Now this wouldn’t have been much of a problem except that I had a full week of work and as my fellow child life specialists know, your voice is a very important tool in the field of child life. I use […]

Monthly Book Club: A Helping of Success

Hooray for the return of the Monthly Book Club post! Today’s book is one that I use quite often to give me ideas for new games and activities to do with groups of kids and teens. It’s called “Instant Success: For Classroom Teachers, New and Substitute Teachers” by Barbara Cawthorne. I was given the book […]

The Power of Play

I found a really great article showcasing how child life specialists use play to get their job done. I think it’s awesome that Philly.com wrote this article because play is the roots of child life. Here’s the link, definitely check it out! http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-18/news/52906011_1_sick-children-anesthesia-child-life-specialists

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 […]