In addition to providing support and education for patients prior to their outpatient surgeries, part of my role as a CCLS in an outpatient ENT clinic is to also help parents in how to talk to their children about their scheduled surgery. Many parents are hesitant to talk to their children about a planned surgery … Continue reading A Parent’s Guide to Surgery Preparation: Outpatient + Anesthesia Induction
Working as a Child Life Specialist in a one-person program can bring it's joys and it's challenges. Collaboration, advice, supervision, and mentorship must come from outside of my work setting. One big challenge that I have run into recently has been finding coverage and developing a game plan for when I am gone on maternity … Continue reading Expanding Coverage in a One-Person Program: Challenges + Maternity Leave Preparation
Runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, coughing, sleeplessness and even trouble breathing are all possible signs of allergies. When these symptoms are recurrent and disruptive, your doctor may recommend an allergy test to see if allergies may be the cause of you or your child's chronic complaints. Even for adults, allergy tests are not the most fun. … Continue reading Allergy Testing for Kids: Preparing + Educating your Child for their Allergy Test
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How did I get here? I’ve been inspired by other child lifers' Instagram posts sharing their journeys to becoming child life specialists. Since that is what Give Play Love has always been about, I wanted to share my own. Everyone’s path looks so different! Some are short, and some (like mine) are a 7 … Continue reading How Did I End Up Here?: My Journey to FINALLY becoming a CCLS
The days keep coming and I am officially half-way through my graduate program and let me tell you, it feels good! I have registered for my fall courses, am preparing for my internship and brainstorming the beginning stages for my Integrative Masters Project. It is starting to all feel real! Time has gone by so … Continue reading Keeping it All Straight: Internship Applications
Everyone loves a good craft/activity recipe. Since I discovered the world of child life, one of my favorite things to Pinterest were sensory activities. After college, I worked as an ABA specialist in a clinic. Many of the kids that I worked with enjoyed lots of sensory input to help them when they were feeling, … Continue reading Sensory Recipes: iSpy & Glitter Bottles
Many times, I went back and forth on whether or not to pursue a master's degree. Sometimes it felt like the best option and other times I would think to myself, "Where do I even start?" There are so many different paths to take: Bachelor's degree? Certificate programs? Grad school? Unaffiliated/Independent student route? In this post, … Continue reading Choose Your Path: Certification and the Many Options
When I first started researching Bank Street College of Education and their child life program, I stumbled upon the idea of loose parts. As a student, I continue to learn about the benefits of using loose parts to create something. In the world of child life, loose parts can be used for art projects, games, … Continue reading [EDIBLE] Loose Parts!
As I move forward with grad school and on to my next step as a child life student, I am trying to be as intentional as possible with my work. My hope is that this blog can be a place for me to explore and share the things that I learn, questions, and thoughts that … Continue reading New Posts on Tuesdays!