Surgery on Sunday: Spotlight and Giveaway

We all know how frightening surgery can be for children and their parents. Child life specialists do their best to provide proper education and preparation for this new experience while instilling coping skills. Incorporating children’s books can also be a useful tool to help process information and encourage open dialogue about feelings.

I’m excited to share a newly published book that does just this. Surgery on Sunday, helps children understand what this new experience we be like, while also providing a role for them. It is colorful, engaging, and validates emotions. It is definitely a new favorite of mine.

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Young girl creates teddy bear to comfort children coping with medical experiences

I’m thrilled to feature an amazing nonprofit that is bringing smiles and comfort to hospitalized children. The Medi Teddy is a washable teddy bear that was designed by Ella, a 13-year-old with a rare illness, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura or “ITP”.

Ella receives IV infusions every few weeks to treat her illness. During her day in the outpatient clinic, it can be long and boring while she watches the IV fluids drip from the bag into her arm. One day she decided to create a teddy bear that covers the IV bag and brings comfort and normalcy to the hospital environment. She wanted other children to also experience this comfort, so she launched Medi Teddy.

Medi Teddy is given to a child and is used to cover their IV bag. If a child is receiving outpatient treatments they can bring it home, machine wash it and bring it back to the clinic for their next visit.

As a child life specialist, I can see the wonderful benefits of giving a Medi Teddy to a pediatric patient. Medical play can be incorporated and empower children to healthily cope.

Click here to make a donation or receive a Meddy Teddy. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram and learn more from their website.

We will be giving away 5 Medi Teddys 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 @EllasMediTeddy and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Medi_Teddy, tag a friend in the post.

5. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 3/14/20.

 

Video Games in the Hospital, Made Easy

Guest Post, Fully Loaded Electronics

Video game consoles and tablets with entertainment can be essential pieces of a Child Life Specialist’s toolkit. Video games have been shown to reduce anxiety and distract from pain – and those two reasons are why 94% of the Child Life Specialists we talk to say they have video games in the hospital.

If you’ve ever seen an Xbox or PlayStation in a children’s hospital and thought, “Where did that come from?” Your answer is most likely Fully Loaded Electronics.

Fully Loaded Electronics specializes in pre-loading games and entertainment onto video game consoles, tablets, and virtual reality headsets. Our motto is “Video Games Made Easy” – and that’s our goal! We eliminate the hassle of managing game discs and sorting through device settings so Child Life Specialists can get back to doing what they do best.

Here are some examples of what Fully Loaded Electronics services can provide.

The Game Bundles

When you need a new game console with games pre-loaded onto them, start at our Console Family Bundles. These game bundles take the guesswork out of video games. Just pick the system or tablet that is most popular at your hospital and decide how many games you’ll need – we’ll do the rest! All game bundles come with a controller and all necessary connections. When it arrives at your hospital, just plug it into your TV and press the “ON” button – your games will already be on the system, ready to play! And don’t worry about the internet or unwanted content – we’ll set it up so that kids only interact with approved, offline, family-friendly entertainment.

Mobile Gaming Carts

Mobile gaming carts can drastically improve a child’s hospital experience. FLE’s Arcade II Mobile Gaming Cart provides a full gaming experience in any room of the hospital. The small footprint design and medical-grade aluminum build allows the Arcade II to be easily wheeled around the hospital floor and treated the same as other medical equipment. There’s even a handy video guide on how to set up the cart – and it can be done in as little as 30 minutes. Once you have it ready to go, wheel it into a patient’s room and watch their face light up.

Security for Consoles, Tablets, and Accessories

Tablets and game consoles are big investments in your patients’ experiences. You’d never want to have a situation where an iPad goes missing or a game controller walks away. iPads and Kindles can be secured with tethers that adhere to the device and lock to an anchor. Acrylic security cases for game consoles keep the games where they’re supposed to be, and can keep wired controllers connected with the system at all times. There’s even a fake tracking sticker for controllers with an official-looking QR code that leads to an even more official-looking webpage – how funny is that?

We are happy to help with video games in any way possible! All of our systems are backed by 7-day technical support, and you can call us even if the system didn’t come from Fully Loaded Electronics.

Call us at 1-888-506-0219

E-mail at CustomerCare@FullyLoadedElectronics.com

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About the Founder

Shelly Lee founded Fully Loaded Electronics with her husband in 2007 and has helped hundreds of hospitals, hotels, libraries, and other clients to deliver seamless, easy, and fun video game experiences in public spaces. Shelly knows video games provide important community, entertainment, and distraction, and she’s committed to helping public spaces and their staff deliver these benefits to visitors of all ages. Shelly’s 10+ years in the health care video game industry have made her a resource for all of the top 25 children’s hospitals in the United States, as well as major charities including Make-A-Wish, Child’s Play, Gamers Outreach, StackUp and many more. Shelly holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.