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Nurses at Cincinnati Children's know something that helps LeCarol Batson get through each of her blood draws. LeCarol, who has sickle cell disease, loves to sing her way past the pain. Each summer she attends a camp for patients who have cancer or blood diseases, and each time she comes back to the hospital, she brings songs she's learned. "We bring camp to the hospital," says Karen Martin, her child life specialist.

LeCarol Batson, an with sickle cell disease, loves to sing songs that she learned at summer camp to help her get past the pain while in the hospital.

From Bank Street Alum to Author, My Journey as a Child life Specialist beyond the hospital walls.  Great way to inspire others to set high goals and incorporate your skills into every day life and the community. #ChildLife #BankStreetCollege #Preparation #Children'sBook #Community

From Bank Street Alum to Author, My Journey as a Child life Specialist beyond the hospital walls. Great way to inspire others to set high goals and incorporate your skills into every day life and the community.

Who wouldn't want to pie a doc in the face? Child Life Carnival 2012 #ChildrensATL #ChildLife

Who wouldn't want to pie a doc in the face? Child Life Carnival 2012 ( what a great special event idea!

Cute ventilation masks. So cute, makes those treatments seem a little less horrible! Wish I had had these for mine!

Number 1 Stress Relief

As a child life specialist this is a great ventilation masks for any child in the hospital, to keep them calm and not to take off the mask.

Missing Halloween already? Check out this YouTube video Child Life Specialist Heather Peach created of the Divison of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Department of Radiation Oncology trick-or-treat event in the Yawkey Outpatient Center.

Missing Halloween already? Check out this YouTube video Child Life Specialist Heather Peach created of the Divison of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Department of Radiation Oncology trick-or-treat event in the Yawkey Outpatient Center.

When a sibling is sick. An article I wrote to help parents help their sons and daughters through their siblings illness.

When a sibling is sick. An article I wrote to help parents help their sons and daughters through their siblings illness.

Child Life Specialist, Megan, spends her days working with children with cancer. Learn more about Megan on the CureSearch blog!

Child Life Specialist, Megan, spends her days working with children with cancer. Learn more about Megan on the CureSearch blog!

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!

Code Crayon - the role of a child life specialist

Code Crayon - the role of a child life specialist; neat article about the amazing roles that CLS fill; good overview of the field

Because any game can be a therapeutic game when you're a child life specialist. Can't wait to use my newly labelled Jenga blocks with my patients.

Because any game can be a therapeutic game when you're a child life specialist. Can't wait to use my newly labelled Jenga blocks with my patients. A great form of therapeutic play

From medical play sessions, Child Life Specialists can assess how a child is coping with illness and hospitalization. In the hospital play room, young patients decorate and personalize hand made dolls, and then use stethoscopes, insert IVs, draw blood, or simply play act any procedure they may have experienced in the hospital.

Video on medical play as a coping technique. CLS discusses a bit about how she determines what the child is struggling with and what the medical play typically manifests as. Cool medical play craft idea, too.

Child Life Blog! Has some great activity ideas and a neat video of a day in the life of a CLS

This picture shows how interactions go beyond the medical side. I know this isn't a CLS but whether they are the medical staff or the child life specialist, it shows the family, the patient and the working staff form a relationship.

Child Life Specialist at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Stacy Sedlack introduces us to Isaiah, and explains how he inspires her.

Stacy Sedlack, BS, CCLS has worked as a child life specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the last six years. Louis, Stacy earned her degree in Human Development and F…

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