Warning….Proud Parent is Going to Brag

We have a had a week of HUGE accomplishments in my little man’s life. Gavin (6yrs) is running on a high from reaching new goals in all of his activities and I couldn’t be happier for him.

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After 9 months of hard work in Brazilian jiu-jitsu he received his new belt.

First baseball game of the season and he hits a home run.

After 2 years of anxiety with going to swim, he has turned into a fish.

These are big teaching moments for him. He has had to overcome fear, learn about team work and trust that he can reach goals just like his peers.

In his own words, “I am Proud!” and So am I!

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Thanks For Helping Me Exceed My Goals

When I first set out to create a blog, my goal was to have 100 friends follow my posts. I had no idea that what I started to build would have a ripple effect.

I now have close to 1,200 followers and receive weekly emails from people all over the U.S. and world. Crazy, right?

Dr. Angela Mackenzie is a pediatrician and pain specialist in Australia, who contacted me last fall on gathering more information on therapeutic positions and medical play. I was happy to share my knowledge about the interventions and the practice of child life.

She, too was in the middle of writing a book, so we passed on encouragement to one another on our journey through that process.

She has recently published her book, entitled Everybody Stay Calm: How to support your young child through medical tests and procedures. I have a copy and have to say it is a beautiful book, that is incredibly well written. This should be added to the libraries of any parent, caregiver, teacher or medical team member working with children.

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Dr. Angela Mackenzie took our conversations even a step further and referenced me in her book. How awesome is that? I feel so rewarded knowing that what I am doing is making a difference.

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The blog has opened up many doors for me and is always making me set my goals for life a little higher.

So, thank you to all that support Child Life Mommy! I appreciate hearing  that the tips I give are working and helpful! Keep sharing with your friends, family and coworkers! There will be more workshops in the future along with stepping out into the private practice.

To learn more about Dr. Angela Mackenzie, you can check out her site at EverybodyStayCalm.com

To order your copy of Everybody Stay Calm, click here

 

From Alum to Author; my journey as a child life specialist beyond the hospital walls

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The Child Life Program at Bank Street College of Education has transformed me from not just being a child life specialist, but by inspiring me to set forth and provide services to a much larger community. The wealth of knowledge, hands on experience and continuous support that I receive from my advisors has a lit a fire within myself.

When attending the graduate program, they saw the passion and eagerness I had for the profession. I immersed myself into the learning experience and applied what I was studying in class, to my fieldwork and home life. I let myself become vulnerable, critiqued and ask for help. The support and forward push helped me get through the emotional fatigue and balance of the workload. I became more mindful, reflective and changed the way I viewed obstacles. It was Bank Street that left a powerful imprint in my soul. I knew that whatever position I had in the community, it would come from a place of empathy, resourcefulness and compassion.  

In the past year, I have been able to co-teach a child life graduate course at Bank Street and scaffold students with the same nurturing support, that I once received. It was an amazing experience and I think I grew just as much as the students did.

I also started up my own blog called Child Life Mommy. It has been a way for me to globally connect with others in sharing information about working with children and families. So much of what I have learned from school and child life, I apply directly into raising my kids and my relationships with others. Some of the categories are about play, connecting emotionally, preparation for new experiences and creative expression.

The largest accomplishment this year has been publishing a children’s book entitled, “It’s Time For Your Checkup: What to expect when going to a doctor visit“. There is a large gap in service when it comes to preparing children for a routine wellness visit. Child life specialists may not be available or the medical team members don’t have the knowledge in effective ways to decrease anxiety and help children cope through procedures.

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This book explains what will occur, using photographs and developmentally appropriate language. It provides strategies for empowerment and healthy ways to cope, by suggesting comfort holds, choice making, medical play, distraction techniques and supportive language. It encourages children and their caregivers to communicate to the medical team and advocate for ways that will help them get through the experience successfully.

The book is also a tool that can be used for children with special needs. It is a social story and explains the events that will occur using the five senses. It is listed on Autism Speaks resource library under, books for children and I hope to have it listed on more.

My goal for the book is for children to have access to it at home, school, libraries, medical settings and community programs. Currently the book is being sold in a paperback version on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online, as well as an electronic copy through Kindle

My journey on professional growth will continue this year with leading workshops, networking, volunteering and standing out as a proud member of the child life profession and Bank Street Alum.

To learn more, follow me at ChildLifeMommy.com

Click Here, to check out the book on Amazon