Learn the most common worries at each stage of development.

Child Therapist's List of Top Childhood Fears by Age

130.247 5. The student analyzes the growth and development of preschool children of diverse backgrounds, including those with special needs. B. Describe the role of play in a preschool child's growth and development

Facts About the Importance of Play

When children play we often just think they're having fun, but research has shown that the benefits of play extend far beyond that in early childhood. Such a key resource in understanding the effects and benefits of play on early childhood development.

Ways to Help Prepare a Child for Their Sibling's Surgery

Ways to Help Prepare Your Child for Their Sibling's Surgery

Helping your sibling prepare for surgery can be a learning experience as well as a coping device for the child.

A big part of what we do with children is teach them safe and appropriate ways to cope and express themselves. We aren’t born knowing how to walk and we also aren’t born knowing how to …

Spin the wheel of coping skills!

Spin the wheel of coping skills! – Like to use this as a practice tool to work on coping skills for Music therapy

The 4 traditional paradigms of play are all incorporated into the way a child life specialist approaches their patients. However, among the 4, "play as therapy" is a primary focus. At www.CraftsToCure.com I have helped lay out some of the reasoning and rationale behind the use of play therapy in a hospital setting!

The four traditional paradigms of play are all incorporated into the way a child life specialist approaches their patients. However, among the four, "play as therapy" is a primary focus of Child Life Specialists.

Books for kids about death and grief to help children cope with loss from @growingbbb

Helping Kids Cope With Loss

Books for kids about death and grief to help children cope with loss from /growingbbb/

This FREE informational book is helpful in explaining what surgery is to young children. Whether the teacher or a student is having surgery, this is the perfect book for your class!

Preparation Method: This FREE informational book is helpful in explaining what surgery is to young children. Whether the teacher or a student is having surgery, this is the perfect book for your class!

Providing information and entertainment to children and their families through the use of technology.  Knowledge gives a child more control over his or her environment. Helps with development of autonomy and initiative.

This list of medical apps that could be great tools to help hospitalized children. There are different apps for different topics and ages/developmental levels. Goals: familiarization, distraction, education, fun, independence (by gaining knowledge)

Play Therapy Dollar Store Finds

Play Therapy Activities & Resources for $1

Play Therapy Dollar Store Finds: Good inexpensive play items for children in the hospital. Can be used as props or comfort items for the children.

Child Life Activity: Test Tube Sparkle Wands! Go to CraftstoCure.com to see the steps!

Crafts to Cure: Test Tube Sparkle Wands. These would be great for kids to make medical equipment fun. After making them, children could engage in and enjoy pretend play with them.

Child Life Service- Helping Children take their medication

Child Life Service- placing "comforting' stickers on medicine tools to lessen anxiety and stress that may be experienced when taking the medicine

Here is a great guide to the different types of play therapy that can be used by Child Life Specialists to help children in medical environments cope.

This is a chart on the different types of play. Each section includes detailed information on the types of play. The different types of play could be used in play therapy for the child.

A day in the life of a child life specialist (video).  This piece on TODAY show instantly  made me know that this was the career for me.

A day in the life of a child life specialist (video). This is a piece from the TODAY show highlighting St. Jude's Child Life Department and does a great job explaining our role on the healthcare team!

Books for Children with Cancer shared by Jenae writer of I Can Teach My Child

Books for Children with Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Books for Children with Cancer. I would have loved to have these in the hospital when my son was going through chemo treatments! Great idea to have these books!

Connecting with Compassion: Confessions of two Child Life Specialists: Happy Child Life Month!

Connecting with Compassion: Confessions of two Child Life Specialists: Happy Child Life Month!

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