Making the medical experience less scary for children!

How Research (and a Child Life perspective) can impact Education Policy

July 19, 2019

Educational policymakers “lament the perceived lack of relevant, digestible research that can be used to inform current education policy issues” (Rippner, 2016).  What I have seen as both an educator and child life specialist, as well as a parent, is that so often the policymakers are “looking to experts” or are “experts” in areas other than […]

Certification requirements in Child Life – do they reflect growth or diversity for the field?

July 11, 2019

What does it mean to have a diverse professional setting?  By definition (Merriam-Webster, 2019), diversity is the “condition of having or being composed of different elements, especially the inclusion of different types of people, such as people from different races and cultures”.  In theory, this is a focus many professional organizations share.  In reality, the cost of qualifying […]

Reflecting on Child Life Educational Policy

July 4, 2019

Child Life certification eligibility through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) has undergone many changes in the past 20+ years from the very first certification exam in 1998 requiring an undergraduate degree in any field with 10 classes focusing on children and families, to the inclusion of a CCLS taught course in 2013, to […]

Role of Twitter and Social Media in Academics

July 3, 2019

Being in academics and influencing not only the next generation of professionals but also the job market for these professionals, means we must humanize our role and be accessible to our students.  How better to connect with our students than in real time through Twitter?  According to Social Media Today (Hutchinson, 2016), Twitter users “provide enough data […]

Breaking through barriers in Child Life

July 2, 2019

As a Certified Child Life Specialist since 1999, I have seen so many changes in our field – from those huge carts with tube monitors and attached to video gaming system that barely fit through the doors of our pediatric rooms to what is now small enough to be mounted on a single pole with […]

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Child Life Connection brings play, diversion and education into pediatric settings, all in an effort to make being in the hospital less scary for children!

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