Knowledge is Power: Coming Together to Reduce Procedural Pain

Knowledge is Power: Coming Together to Reduce Procedural Pain

Last week we packed up and headed to the 2017 Association for Child Life Professionals conference. We joined thousands of pediatric healthcare professionals from around the globe including nurses, doctors, administrators, educators, students and child life specialists...
Child Life Specialists LOVE Their Jobs

Child Life Specialists LOVE Their Jobs

We asked a few child life specialists throughout Child Life Month “What do you love about your job?” …and we LOVE what they said.      ...
Child Life: A Pediatrician’s Perspective

Child Life: A Pediatrician’s Perspective

In celebration of Child Life Month we thought it would be fun to ask another healthcare professional what child life means to them. Pediatrician Arash Babaoff has extensive experience working alongside child life specialists across a variety of settings and throughout...
Happy Child Life Month!

Happy Child Life Month!

  This month we are shining a big bright light on a group of medical professionals that many have never heard of – child life specialists. These trained healthcare professionals are a key part of the multidisciplinary medical team serving pediatric...
Assessment & Intervention: Technology in Pediatrics

Assessment & Intervention: Technology in Pediatrics

We are living in a time where the technology we have at our fingertips influences every aspect of our daily lives. From the moment we wake up we are inundated with news, social media feeds, programs that give us directions, traffic updates, recipes – anything we...
Prescription for Play

Prescription for Play

In keeping with our seriously fun play-theme of the month, we reached out to Deborah Vilas, a Licensed Social Worker, Early Childhood Special Educator, Certified Child Life Specialist (and more…scroll to the bottom to read how awesome she is) to get her take on...
Play as Powerful Healing – A Look into Medical Camps with Dr. Ben

Play as Powerful Healing – A Look into Medical Camps with Dr. Ben

Let us catch you up….we are delving hardcore into what it means to play, and why it is CRITICAL to understand it and incorporate it into your pediatric healthcare practices. Our last blog segment by Dr. Ben attempted to shine light on the Power of Play by going beyond...
Purposeful Play as Powerful Healing, by Dr. Ben

Purposeful Play as Powerful Healing, by Dr. Ben

When we decided to focus on the importance of play in healthcare this month, we reached out to one of the gurus of cultivating playful experiences for children in the face of great challenge – Dr. Ben Meisel. Propelled by his belief in the power of play, Dr. Ben...
When it Comes to Kids, the Hospital, and Play…We Mean Business

When it Comes to Kids, the Hospital, and Play…We Mean Business

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This year, we thought we’d kick off 2017 by focusing on something fun – PLAY. Everyone, young and old, here and there, across the world plays. At The Standish Foundation for Child and Family Centered Healthcare, we know how important play is to...