Posts Categorized: Child Life

Children’s Welcomes the STEAM Program

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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 »

Why I Volunteer

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Ruth Yahr has been serving as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since June 1988.  She spends Wednesdays and Fridays in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit/Recovery Room where she comforts sedated children after surgery at bedside. Ruth often goes above and beyond her duties to help make a patient and family experience… Read more »

A Place for Sibs at Children’s – National Siblings Day

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When you work in Child Life, you have the best job; you get to have fun almost every day and you make people smile who may not be in the best of spirits under the circumstances of being in the hospital. I personally decided to become a Child Life Assistant because I love kids. I… Read more »

Broken Crayons Still Color

Some people are so badly broken that you cannot ever fix them. A professor announced this very pragmatically during my first counseling class of graduate school. I left feeling challenged, somewhat discouraged, and perplexed. Over the years, I developed a deeper understanding of that statement and now have the perfect response: “Broken crayons still color.”… Read more »

The Sensory Room Offers Kids Therapeutic Fun

The Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has developed a room that incorporates many interactive elements that give kids the chance to use all of their senses in a room that is both fun and therapeutic. The Sensory Room at Children’s Hospital is a therapeutic space designed to help control pain… Read more »