This may look like just your average run of the mill 1940’s slinky, and it is…kind of. A slinky can be used by Child Life to teach a school aged patient about a lumbar puncture by comparing the slinky to a spine. Pretty cool, huh? It can also be used for endless fun if put on an escalator!
Wolfson Children’s Hospital recently launched a program aimed at reducing the number of pediatric patients undergoing sedation for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnostic scans.
The program, called “MR—I Am Ready!”, focuses on training and practice designed to familiarize children with the sights and sounds of the MRI scanner and prepares them to lie perfectly still for extended periods of time without sedation. Complete immobility during the procedure is critical for acquiring high-quality images used for diagnosis.
“MR-I Am Ready!” is a joint service of the Child Life and Radiology Departments at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, supported by pediatric anesthesiologists and other pediatric subspecialty physicians with Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, who serve on the hospital’s medical staff. It is offered free of charge.
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This blog post on the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota follows Child Life Specialist Mindy Teele though a busy night in the emergency room. There are also some videos showing preparation and distraction.
Laurie Children’s Hospital - Chicago, IL
While searching around Georgetown University Hospital’s Child Life resources page, I found this awesome list of books that may be helpful to children dealing with hospitalization. Check it out!
Helpful Books about Hospitalization
A book is a great way to start explaining different things your child may see in a hospital. These are some recommendations.
- A Hospital Story: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together By Sara Bonnett Stein (Walker and Co., 1983)
- A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital By Deborah Hautzig (Random House, 1985)
- At the Hospital By Amy Moses (Child’s World, 1997)
- Barney and Baby Bop Go to the Doctor By Margie Larsen, Dennis Full (Scholastic)
- Coping with a Hospital Stay By Sharon Carter and Judy Monnig (Rosen Publishing Group, 1987)
- Curious George Goes to the Hospital By Anne Civardi (EDC Publishing, 1994)
- Going to the Hospital By Fred Rogers (GP/Putnam’s Sons, 1988)
- Let’s Talk About Going to the Hospital By Marianne Johnson (Powerkids Press, 1998)
- The Hospital Scares Me By Paula Hogan and Kirk Hogan (Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1990)
- This is a Hospital, Not a Zoo By R. Karim (Truesdell Services, 1998)
- When Molly was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children By Debbie Duncan (Rayve Productions, 1994)
- Why am I going to the Hospital By Claire Ciliotta and Carole Livingston (Lyle Stuart Inc., 1981)
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It’s a rainy afternoon here in Miami today, perfect for cuddling up with a good book!
Mary Poppins, the famous nanny form the children’s story, was onto something when she sang, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Mary knew that we feel better about something unpleasant when we pair it with something we like.
Healing images for children, Nancy Klein, M.A.
Here’s another great activity my friend Alex had for our practicum project - a medical mystery box! This was one of my personal favorites and the kids who participated really loved it as well. Check out her descriptions on the side of the picture.