Supporting Siblings of a Hospitalized Child

Siblings of a hospitalized child often have a mixture of emotions that can cause struggles in their coping skills. There can be a lot of confusion, jealousy, sadness, and anger, along with loneliness and separation anxiety. The focus and attention tend to be on the child that is ill, leaving the healthy children to navigate this medical journey that impacts the whole family. Parents and caregivers are also overwhelmed and need additional support for themselves and the rest of their family.

I’m delighted to introduce a former student of mine, Jessica Torres who is helping to fill this large gap in service by creating a sibling support workbook.

Read more

Hospital Prom brings Joy to Pediatric Patients

Child life specialists celebrate milestones and bring a sense of normalcy to hospitalized children. Birthdays, holidays and special events are all recognized, so children and teens can feel that simple joy of being in the moment. Funding can be a challenge though.

I’m excited to share that the Joy in Childhood Foundation is offering a teen prom grant for hospitals, the deadline is August 31, 2019.

Read more

We are more than toy librarians. The invaluable role of a Certified Child Life Specialist

Sami Rundo is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She participated in a hospital sponsored event, called DISCOVERYx2019, where she educated and shared her role as a specialist working with pediatric patients and families. The attendees were both medical and non-medical professionals.

Read more