Gratitude

The holidays have something in common with hospital stays. Hospitals are places of hope and healing. Hospitals are also places of pain and sorrow. Most children don’t understand the juxtaposition of the two. It’s an abstract and unfathomable concept. Standish...
The Important Business of Play (Therapy)

The Important Business of Play (Therapy)

The Important Business of Play (therapy) We’re once again exploring the world of alternative therapies for children, mainly art, music and play. While the idea of employing these with adults seems a little preposterous (although, they have a place!), these therapies...
Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

Shoal Habib said, “Hospitals are unlike other places in that people who are in them don’t want to be.” Consider the children with acute and chronic illness who are in hospitals frequently. They become experts on the unwelcome, unwanted hospital experience. These...
Q&A with Brenda Sturgeleski, BA, Ed, LES, CCLS, CTRS

Q&A with Brenda Sturgeleski, BA, Ed, LES, CCLS, CTRS

We never get tired of hearing about how Child Life Specialists arrived in their professions. Brenda Sturgeleski, BA, Ed, LES, CCLS, CTRS, shares how she turned a fine arts degree and passion for serving children into a Child Life career. How did you get involved in...
Q&A with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Founder, Lu Sipos

Q&A with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Founder, Lu Sipos

Learning your child has cancer or another serious illness that is or could be life-threatening has the power to make you feel very alone, but it also introduces you to a network of people who understand what you’re going through and understand the power of hope and...