1. 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! 
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    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! 

  2. 
A children’s hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., has opened its doors to the pets of its long-term patients.
Healing Paws is a new dog visitation program at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, USA Today reports. It aims to make life a little bit better for its pediatric patients.
Source: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/dogs-visit-hospitals-healing-paws_n_3616879.html
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    A children’s hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., has opened its doors to the pets of its long-term patients.

    Healing Paws is a new dog visitation program at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, USA Today reports. It aims to make life a little bit better for its pediatric patients.

    Source: 

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/dogs-visit-hospitals-healing-paws_n_3616879.html
  3. Currently reading: Psychosocial Care of Children In Hospitals : a clinical practice manual from the ACCH child life research project
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    Currently reading: Psychosocial Care of Children In Hospitals : a clinical practice manual from the ACCH child life research project


  4. MR-I Am Ready!

    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.


    Read More: http://www.prweb.com/releases/wolfsonchildrens/MR_I_Am_Ready/prweb10890105.htm

  5. Children’s cancer center leverages superheroes to help patients through chemotherapy


“The A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is recruiting superheroes in an attempt to help young patients better understand and cope with chemotherapy — a complex, daunting medical treatment irrespective of age. With the help of ad agency JWT, the medical facility is touting chemo to a “superformula” for kids that can help them overcome cancer. Rather than have kids stare at a cold, sterile chemotherapy bag, the Cancer Center has concealed the treatment inside colorful cases with logos from Batman, Superman, and other DC Comics heroes.”


Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/2/4389178/childrens-cancer-center-leverages-superheroes-to-help-patients

    Children’s cancer center leverages superheroes to help patients through chemotherapy

    The A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is recruiting superheroes in an attempt to help young patients better understand and cope with chemotherapy — a complex, daunting medical treatment irrespective of age. With the help of ad agency JWT, the medical facility is touting chemo to a “superformula” for kids that can help them overcome cancer. Rather than have kids stare at a cold, sterile chemotherapy bag, the Cancer Center has concealed the treatment inside colorful cases with logos from Batman, Superman, and other DC Comics heroes.”

    Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/2/4389178/childrens-cancer-center-leverages-superheroes-to-help-patients

  6. 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.

    Source: http://www.childrensmn.org/blog/kidshealth/2013/03/a-night-in-the-ed-with-a-child-life-specialist/

  7. Such a great idea for personalizing crutches! 

Source: http://www.dearlyashleigh.com/search/label/DIY
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    Such a great idea for personalizing crutches! 

    Source: http://www.dearlyashleigh.com/search/label/DIY

  8. I was watching E! News the other day and when talking about Johnny Depp, they briefly mentioned that he makes unannounced visits to children’s hospitals dressed as captain Jack Sparrow. It caught my attention and I just had to further research this and it turns out it’s true! 

According to his film producer Jerry Bruckheimer of the successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Johnny travels around with his Jack Sparrow costume at all times, just in case there’s a children’s hospital nearby where he can make an unannounced visit.


Way to go Johnny Depp - I mean, Captain Jack Sparrow! 
Source: http://www.hollyscoop.com/johnny-depp/johnny-depp-s-adorable-surprise-children-s-hospitals.html
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    I was watching E! News the other day and when talking about Johnny Depp, they briefly mentioned that he makes unannounced visits to children’s hospitals dressed as captain Jack Sparrow. It caught my attention and I just had to further research this and it turns out it’s true! 

    According to his film producer Jerry Bruckheimer of the successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Johnny travels around with his Jack Sparrow costume at all times, just in case there’s a children’s hospital nearby where he can make an unannounced visit.

    Way to go Johnny Depp - I mean, Captain Jack Sparrow! 

    Source: http://www.hollyscoop.com/johnny-depp/johnny-depp-s-adorable-surprise-children-s-hospitals.html

  9. Can’t go outside to watch the fireworks this 4th of July? Not a problem! This is a fun & exciting craft to make and USE on 4th of July :) to read the full instructions follow the link below:

Source: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/make-your-own-fourth-of-july-confetti-popper-rockets/

    Can’t go outside to watch the fireworks this 4th of July? Not a problem! This is a fun & exciting craft to make and USE on 4th of July :) to read the full instructions follow the link below:

    Source: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/make-your-own-fourth-of-july-confetti-popper-rockets/

  10. I love this idea for creative play with children - allow them to come up with their own story lines and scenarios. I’ve seen this technique used as a tool to help assess how a child is coping with hospitalization. 

Source: http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/05/fairytale-storytelling-basket.html 
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    I love this idea for creative play with children - allow them to come up with their own story lines and scenarios. I’ve seen this technique used as a tool to help assess how a child is coping with hospitalization. 

    Source: http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/05/fairytale-storytelling-basket.html