Making the medical experience less scary for children!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!