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.

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Restoring Resilience in Teens: Spotlight on Shadow’s Edge

Restoring Resilience in Teens Spotlight on Shadow's Edge

Guest Blogger, Garth Sundem from Digging Deep

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Shadow’s Edge is the first FREE game designed to build resilience in teens with serious health conditions. In the game, teens 13+ are transported to the city of Shadow’s Edge where they have an opportunity to revive a city left dark and disrupted by a storm. It’s the players’ quest to find and write on journal pages and to express themselves by making graffiti. Through their self-expression, players bring vibrancy back to the city. Along the way, they have help — the Guardians of Disruption, Disillusionment and Discovery, who send players on missions to look inside themselves for answers to tough questions and discover wisdoms hidden in the city. As players heal the city, they heal themselves. And through in-game community, players can share their words and art with others, building camaraderie and understanding that they are not alone in their struggles. Reviving the city alone, teens can explore the issues surrounding their illness. Together, they can spread what they learn. At the end, they can look back to see how truly far they have come. That is Shadow’s Edge.

Learn more about the game at Digging Deep and Shadow’s Edge sites!

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GIVEAWAY!!! Spellbound AR Distraction Book

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We are continuing to celebrate child life month with another fantastic giveaway. Every child life specialist, parent and medical provider knows how important it is to help distract kids during medical procedures. So, we have teamed up with Spellbound Augmented Reality Therapy for this next giveaway.

Win a copy of Albert, The Confused Manatee, and watch as the storybook comes to life.

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Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy and leave a comment below

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, tag a friend and leave a comment on the post

3. Facebook: Follow Spellbound and leave a comment about the giveaway

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy and @SpellBoundAR

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Spellbound_AR,  Like the post and tag a friend.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/17/18, shipped to U.S. and Canada residents only.

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