Posts Categorized: Child Life

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 »

It’s Back to School Time…Even at Children’s Hospital!

By: Raeanna Paterson, MLIS, Hospital School Program Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC With the new school year just around the corner, it’s time for kids everywhere to get ready to go back to school — including patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC! Children who are hospitalized often struggle with school attendance and homework…. Read more »

One Student’s Wish

Ryan Riffner, a third-grader at Jeffery Primary in Shaler, was asked to write a composition explaining what he would do if he was the richest person in the world and to describe one day in his life. Ryan took to his creative writing and put together a composition which included getting a private jet as… Read more »