Child Life and Social Media; Presentation at the CLGNY conference

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Last week I presented at the Child Life of Greater New York conference and it was an amazing experience. I had always wanted to present and submitted my abstract last spring. I even conquered my anxiety with public speaking, it may sound weird to some, but it is true.

My topic was titled, Like, Tweet, Pin: Connecting Your Program Through Social Media. I have been inspired to present on this topic as I have seen the momentum that Child Life Mommy has created.

When I first started the blog, I thought I would have just around 100 followers, well that goal has been exceeded and continues to grow with 1,600 followers, globally.

I have been able to connect with child life specialists, prospective students, educators, parents, pediatric patients, healthcare workers, non-profit organizations and many more. I had no idea that social media could connect me to so many amazing people virtually.

I have had the opportunity to stand on many different soapboxes; Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, LinkedIn, and WordPress to bring awareness to the child life profession and how the skills can be utilized in a multitude of different settings.

When I first started blogging, I was taken back by the lack of child life programs on social media. I think that there is a lot of fear, intimidation and not knowing how to get administration on board, by following their guidelines of HIPPA (patient protection). I spoke about strategies to overcome these challenges.

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I touched on how social media will bring awareness to programs, as well as connect with potential donors. Many people do not know about child life specialists and that the majority of them are financially supported by donations and grants.

I also covered how it brings a sense of normalcy to pediatric patients and their families. Many of them connect with social media to share their story, provide updates in health status, bring awareness to an illness or prevention of an accident. Families and patients can continue to stay connected with their child life specialists through the program’s social media sites, which helps with professional boundaries.

I received a lot of great feedback from the presentation and I even connected with a few after through Twitter and Facebook.

My goal is to see more of us connect and support each other through social media. It is a great way to network, share resources and just bring overall awareness to the profession.

I am also incredibly happy to announce that I will be elaborating on this topic with two other colleagues at the national Child Life Council Conference in May. It will be a panel presentation, providing information on how the three of us come from very different child life settings and use social media as a platform for our practices.

I would love to hear your feedback on this topic.

Have you thought about using social media for your organization or program?

Do you want to collaborate on a topic?

Thoughts? Ideas?

 

 

Presenting at The Child Life of Greater New York Conference

Unknown-4I have been getting my ducks in a row, preparing to present my first workshop at the Building Bridges Professional Development Conference for child life specialists, creative art therapists, medical professionals and educators.

This should be a wonderful experience to share my knowledge and help others in connecting their programs through social media. I have to be honest though, I am quite nervous, eek. I think I may be blowing some bubbles before to help calm my body and mind.

If you will attending conference this year, stop by and say hello. I would love to connect with you face to face.

Here is the information below:

Child Life of Greater New York Building Bridges

21st Anniversary Professional Development Conference

Monday November 3, 2014

Leading a workshop from 10:30-11:30am

Like, Tweet, Pin- Connecting Your Program Through Social Media

Click here to register by October 17th.

Connecting with the community

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All Kids Fair, Child Life Mommy

I just had my first event at The All Kids Fair in Melville, New York. It was a great day to connect with other parents, professionals, educators and businesses to spread the word on Child Life Mommy.

There were over 90 exhibitors and 24 classes that were made available to the 1,000 people who came.

I was so lucky to have some awesome child life students from Bank Street College of Education. They volunteered their time to help me set up and work the booth and lead a class on medical play and syringe painting.

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Syringe Painting Child Life Mommy
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Syringe Painting Child Life Mommy
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Medical Play Child Life Mommy

It was a great way to bring an awareness to the child life profession and let families know that our services exist in hospitals throughout the country. We provided information on medical play, preparation, comfort positions, distraction and healthy ways to support kids during a medical experience.

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All Kids Fair, Child Life Mommy
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All Kids Fair, Child Life Mommy

I am hopeful that by spreading the word on both the private practice of Child Life Mommy as well as the services made available in local hospitals, parents and caregivers will be more inclined to ask for a child life specialist.

If you have the opportunity to be part of an event like this, I would encourage you to do it. Let’s help our profession continue to grow!