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What is a Child Life Specialist and How Do They Help Your Family? | Meg Foundation

What is a child life specialist? So glad you asked! It’s a question that everyone interested in improving kids’ medical experiences should be asking.

Tips for Doctor Visits on the Tiny Docs Blog - CHILD LIFE COOPERATIVE

This past week I had the honor of writing a guest blog for Tiny Docs. Tiny Docs is a relatively new organization (started in 2015) which creates fun and child-friendly cartoons relating to the healthcare experience. Parents are empowered to

Organ plush dolls... my niece is into anatomy. She'd think these were affordable

Organ plush dolls... my niece is into anatomy. She'd think these were affordable

Six tips for teaching kids to swallow pills

For many children, taking medicine is literally a tough pill to swallow. At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, child life specialists teach kids this new skill of swallowing pills, when liquid medicine and chewable tablets are not options. The team shares six tips.

How to Land a Child Life Internship - tips from a child life specialist. #childlife Tales of Life, Love and Ice Cream

This blog gets a lot of traffic from women (because, let’s be honest, it’s always women) who are interested in the field of child life. I get it, unfortunately there are not a ton of ch…

How to Make Shots Hurt Less for Kids and Overcome Needle Phobia

Get ready for Needle Poke Game Day with these expert, research-backed strategies for getting your kiddo through a needle poke with more comfort and less pain– Yes, really! These strategies help shots hurt less!

When prepping a child for an IV, I think this would be a great idea to let the patients pump liquid through the IV in hopes of feeling more comfortable with it.

Painful medical procedures are difficult to cope with. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, my role is to prepare children for new experiences while providing a coping plan. I had the opportunity to support my own son for a routine blood test this week. He was quite nervous when his pediatrician mentioned it and I […]