Stars in The Sand, Book Giveaway

Looking for a book with a connection to spirituality during a hospitalization? Shannon Alford, a Certified Child Life Specialist has done just that. She is the author of, Stars in the Sand: Finding the Light of the Lord in Unexpected Places.

To celebrate Child Life Month we will be giving away a copy of her book.

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Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Like the post and leave a comment below

2. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy

3. On Facebook, “Like” Child Life Mommy’s page and leave a comment

4. ReTweet on Twitter and tag @ChildLifeMommy

5. On Instagram, Re-post pic and tag @ChildLifeMommy

Good Luck, winner will be chosen on 3/15/15

Shipped to US residents only.

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Child Life Spotlight and Giveaway from Patty Weiner

Week one of Child Life Month and we continue to celebrate with a spotlight and giveaway. I am excited to introduce Patty Weiner, a colleague and mentor of mine in the child life community. 

pattyPatricia Weiner is a mother and grandmother whose career spans over thirty-five years as a child life specialist and educator. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and has many years of experience as a teacher; educating and supporting young children, parents and medical professionals (including doctors, residents, nurses and nursing students). Patty is presently an educational consultant to The Making Headway Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to children with brain and spinal cord tumors and their families.

Patty worked as the Director of Child Life and Education Services at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. At the hospital, Patty initiated many new programs including Reach Out and Read , CCTV (closed circuit TV) bringing fun and recreation to patients at the beside, hospital- based school, a Family Resource Center and a children’s library. Patty was an advocate for Project DOCC: Delivery of Chronic Care, a medical education program developed and taught by parents to educate others about chronic illness and its impact on children, families and communities. Patty was the founding Director of the Master’s Degree program in Child Life at Bank Street College of Education. She served as a faculty member and co-created numerous courses, including a NICU course, which is near and dear to her heart. She continues to serve as a mentor and advisor to Bank Street graduate students.

Over the years, Patty has received numerous service awards for her work. She has been a featured guest lecturer at hospitals, parent groups and organizations, presenting at professional forums on topics including educational advocacy, parenting skills, comfort care for infants and young children, coping techniques for doctor or hospital visits and family-centered care. She has published chapters in books, professional journal articles and a previously published guide-book for parents to learn how to support their children through doctor and healthcare visits. Patty has served on various boards, including Starlight Children’s Foundation, Advisory Board for Child Life at Bank Street College of Education, and the Steering Committee of Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center.

pwlogohalfborderIf  you would like to contact Patty, you can email her at or at 212- 828 – 3927.

Patty’s recently published book, Taking Your Child to the Doctor or the Hospital: Helpful suggestions and practical tips to make your child’s visits more comfortable is an impressive and helpful book to teach and support parents and young children on the topic of visiting the doctor or hospital. Purchase your copy today through Amazon and a portion of the proceeds will support children and families in need.

Patty Weiner Giveaway

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2. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy

3. Re-Tweet on Twitter and tag @ChildLifeMommy

4. On Facebook “Like” Child Life Mommy‘s page and leave a comment

Good Luck! The winner will be notified on 3/7/15

Shipping to U.S. residents only.

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: Lola Goes to the Doctor


We all know how intimidating a doctor visit can be for a child. As both a parent and Certified Child Life Specialist, I use books to help prepare kids for an unfamiliar experience.

Lola Goes to the Doctor is a beautifully written children’s book about a little Yorkshire Terrier, that is nervous for a checkup, but discovers that she is a much braver, big dog than she thought.

The story has captivating photographs of Lola meeting other friendly pets in the waiting room, having an exam by the doctor and overcoming her fears.

10259116_471373682988996_4972394060839629957_oThe author, Marcia Goldman is an educator in special education and has spent the past 25 years focusing on autism. Lola is her beloved certified therapy dog that visits children in the classrooms. She is also the author of Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog.

Follow Lola on Facebook or send her an email.

I will be giving away a copy of Lola Goes to the Doctor to one lucky winner.

There are several ways to enter the giveaway.

1. Sign up for email notifications at

2. Leave a comment on this post about the giveaway

3. Follow me on Twitter and RT the tweet

4. Follow me on Instagram and share the photo

5. Follow me on Facebook and share the post

Winner will be announced Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Book will be shipped in U.S. only

Good Luck!

We have a winner!

Congratulations Kelly Garber!