Making the medical experience less scary for children!

Street level bureaucracy, and its impact on Special Education in K-12!

August 3, 2019

What is a street level bureaucrat, and how do they impact policy in K-12 settings?  Lipsky (2010) describes street level bureaucrats as those who are doing the work every day, but often don’t have much input in policy or authority/responsibility if the policy is out of touch with their day to day reality.  When you recall the […]

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 […]

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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