Helping Kids Learn About Their Body: “Blood Soup” Spotlight and Giveaway

Child life specialists incorporate play, art, and books to teach kids about their bodies. Many specialists have used an activity called, blood soup to educate and empower kids about their cancer treatment. I was excited to find out that a fellow child life specialist created a storybook to go along with this activity.

Guest Blogger, Jessica Wilfore, CCLS, Author of Blood Soup 

Blood Soup is a dynamic and hands-on educational experience for all children! Readers will be engaged from start to finish, learning of the four components of blood and the reasoning behind a blood draw. Blood Soup empowers children to know more about their bodies and helps take the fear out of blood.

Where to Purchase

Blood Soup is available for purchase at Lulu.com.

About the Author

Jessica Wilfore, MS-Ed, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist, educator, and mother who has worked in the hospital setting for several years helping children understand procedures and diagnosis in a developmentally appropriate manner.  She believes that the more children know, the better they can respond. She encourages the use of this book for all children but specifically for those with an upcoming blood draw or new diagnosis (cancer, diabetes, bleeding disorders).

We will be giving away a copy of “Blood Soup” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag a friend
  3. Facebook: Follow Blood Soup Book
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 4/15/21. Open to U.S. and Canada residents.

Supporting Tubies with FreeArm Care: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Misti Staley from FreeArm Tube Feeding Assitant 

The FreeArm lends a hand at the hospital, home and on-the-go. It provides more mobility with syringe feeding, pump feeding, and infusions.
The FreeArm clamps to surfaces such as tables, cribs, strollers, you name it. And works as a travel IV pole, easily bending up to fit in your bag.

It provides consistent feeds and infusions anywhere, anytime. With the FreeArm’s bendable arm, you can take the guesswork out of how high to hold the gravity syringe and keep lines free from kinks.

Inspiration behind FreeArm

Freeman Ellis Staley was born on April 25, 2015. He spent 3.5 months in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. His parents, Will and Misti spent every day by his side cheering him on. Freeman was discharged with a g-tube, bolus gravity feeds during the day and pump feeds at night.

While home, Misti and Will were overwhelmed with tube feeding their son. They had medicines to add to his feeds, and multiple therapies to perform all while holding Freeman, and his bolus feeds. They needed a helping hand, so they created one…the FreeArm!

After 5 hard but wonderful weeks at home, Freeman’s breathing became labored and Will and Misti returned to the hospital with Freeman for a chest x-ray. Freeman and his family spent another long 5 months in the PICU before Freeman lost his battle with pulmonary hypertension at almost 10 months old, the day after Valentine’s Day 2016.

It has been 5 years since Will and Misti lost Freeman. They are happy to continue Freeman’s love through the FreeArm and FreeArm Muscle, making IV infusions, bolus, and pump feeding easier for families and hospital staff around the world.

We have teamed up with Medi Teddy for a giveaway to celebrate Child Life Month. Learn more about Medi Teddy from our previous post.

We will choose two winners!

One child life specialist will win- a FreeArm Muscle in the color of their choice to use in their hospital for fun feeding times, a Hope Medi Teddy IV Bag Cover (plastic & reusable)and a Medi Teddy sticker and adult t-shirt.
Tubie family will win- a FreeArm Muscle in the color of their choice, a Bailey Medi Teddy IV Bag Cover (plush & machine washable), and a Medi Teddy sticker and child t-shirt.

 

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, tag two friends that would love this giveaway.
  3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, @Freearm.Tube.Feeding.Assitant,  @Meddi_Teddy let us know what hospital you are at, and tag two friends that would love this giveaway.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy, tag two friends that would love this giveaway.

Good luck, the winners will be chosen by 3/19/21.

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Am I a Unicorn? Spotlight and Giveaway

It’s March, so Happy Child Life Month!

I love to celebrate by featuring some amazing new resources and including giveaways. I’m kicking it off with one of my favorite authors, Stephanie Sorkin. She has been featured before, so be sure to check out her previous guest post.

Stephanie has written a new children’s book, Am I a Unicorn? that is perfect for children ages 3 to 8.

Am I a Unicorn is a wonderful story written in rhyme about a unicorn that breaks its horn and grapples with the feelings of being unique and different. Can the unicorn still be a unicorn without its most definitive feature? The story touches on self-esteem and diversity and ultimately teaches the important lesson of accepting one’s individuality.  “When your OUTERcorn doesn’t match your INNERcorn…a story is born! Join us as a unicorn finds the answer to this very important issue.”

You can purchase your copy at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble.

Author Bio

Stephanie Sorkin is the award-winning author of “Nutley, the Nut-free Squirrel”, “Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces” and “Frenemy Jane, the Sometimes Friend”. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Ms. Sorkin donates a portion of her books proceeds to various charities supporting children.

Ms. Sorkin has appeared in the New York Times Style Section and written numerous articles for national publications.

As a food allergy advocate, she spends her time visiting schools in the tri-state area, discussing the inspiration behind her books and the importance of creativity.  For more information or to inquire about a school visit, please visit www.stephaniesorkin.com  

You can find her on social media @stephsorkin

We will be giving away a copy of “Am I a Unicorn?” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag a friend.
  3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and tag two friends in the post.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy and @StephSorkin

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 3/7/21.