Posts Categorized: Child Life

Why I Volunteer at Children’s Hospital

I have lived in Pittsburgh for 78 years. When I was eight years old, on a dare, I jumped off the roof of a storage shed in our neighborhood, and ended up in the emergency room at Children’s Hospital to have my head stitched up. My dad bought me a skyscraper ice cream cone at… Read more »

Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy Social Media Takeover!

The Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC brings hope and healing to patients every day! Music and art aids in healing and allows patients to express themselves. Follow along with our music therapists Kory and Nicole and our art therapists Katie and Kate as they go about their… Read more »

Caring Canines Kickoff

Earlier this week, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC welcomed Labradoodle, Ernie, one of our Pet Friends, to the Emergency Department. Ernie is the first dog to kick off the new volunteer program, Caring Canines. This program allows dogs to visit patient rooms throughout the Emergency Department to help comfort children during their stay. Patients,… Read more »

Same Day Surgery Tour – Snapchat and Instagram Stories

Alanna and Mia, child life specialists for our Same Day Surgery Center, took us on a tour to experience what it would be like when kids are going through same day surgery. The tour included registration, the vitals room, an exam room, walking through the penguin hallway, a tour of the operating room, and enjoying… Read more »

Children’s Welcomes the STEAM Program

Last week, teachers from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh were at the hospital to present the first in a series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) inspired lessons called “Exploring Electricity!” In the lesson, the children transform everyday items into unique inventions using motors and batteries. These programs will be presented on a… Read more »