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.
We are continuing our celebration of child life month by featuring one amazing specialist and author, Shannon Alford. She is supporting families with her newly released ebook, Hospital Prayers: A Devotional for When Your Child Needs Blessings & Bandaids.
Shannon Alford is a retired Child Life Specialist (CCLS) who writes under the pen name Leigh Snyder. She has recently written an ebook for mothers of hospitalized children called Hospital Prayers, A Devotional for When Your Child Needs Blessings & Bandaids. Hospital Prayers is a 30 day devotional and is a collection of essays and prayers which covers a variety of topics. Many of the devotions pertain to hospitalization, while others share biblical stories or personal accounts of God’s presence in daily life. Few stressors compare to that of having a sick or hurt child and these devotions remind parents that the Lord is always in control, even when life feels out of control.
Shannon began her career by implementing the first Child Life program in the Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She eventually transitioned to working with the inpatient cardiology population. As Shannon‘s career progressed, so did her interest in writing, and in 2011, she published her first book called Stars in the Sand. At that time, she made the decision to write under a pen name for privacy and family confidentiality and she also believes the message of her books are more important than the author’s name.
Child Life Specialists have the unique privilege of lending support to children and families in difficult situations. As both observer and participant in stressful situations, strength and courage and hope is seen again and again. May these devotions inspire and encourage the reader and be reminded that each day is a gift.
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In honor of Jayne Kamau, a true child life hero. We will continue to hold her legacy strong and provide compassionate work to children and families.