Posts Categorized: Child Life

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 »

Supporting Families in the Emergency Department – Child Life

The Emergency Department (ED) at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has child life coverage seven days a week split between two certified child life specialists (CCLS). They are professionally trained individuals in the field of child development, psychology, and family systems. They are both have master’s degrees and have completed an extensive internship and… Read more »