Very excited to introduce my first guest post; amazing mother, athletic guru and Child Life colleague Shanni Thornton!
Shani Thornton is a Certified Child Life Specialist and a parent of two small children. She has twelve years of experience working with children and families both in and out of the hospital. She has a blog at ChildLifeMommy.com that offers helpful tips to caregivers and professionals working with kids.
Currently she is an adjunct faculty member for the Child Life Program at Bank Street College of Education, co-teaching a therapeutic play course to child life students. She also volunteers as a bereavement facilitator at The Center for HOPE in Long Island, New York and recently launched her private practice for child life services in her community.
To celebrate Child Life Month, she will be giving away a copy of her children's preparation book, It's Time For Your Checkup: What to Expect When Going to a Doctor Visit. It is a valuable resource for any home, classroom or clinical setting, available in paperback and digital format. It is also a listed resource on the website for both the Child Life Council and Autism Speaks.
To learn more about Shani and Child Life Mommy, contact her at Childlifemommy@gmail.com or follow her on social media, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress Blog, and LinkedIn.
Watch her video blog and leave a comment for a chance to win another giveaway during March #ChildLifeMonth
Genevieve Lowry has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for over 20 years, working to support, facilitate, and teach positive coping strategies to children and families facing extraordinary circumstances.
As a Reiki Master, Genevieve has practiced Reiki for over 15 years working with, teaching, and offering Reiki to children and families as well as healthcare professionals
To celebrate Child Life Month and to continue her mission to spread the word about Child Life, she if offering Free Parenting Webinars thoughout March!
Tomorrow Wednesday March 11 @1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time the topic is Reiki- Energizing you and your Family
This webinar will explain how Reiki an ancient hands on energy therapy can improve your own energy and that of your family. Easily integrated practical and natural Reiki is great for any busy family including those with children with special needs, chronic illness, or are medically fragile.
To Register for tomororow or another upcoming webinargo to http://genevievelowry.enterthemeeting.com/m/CZCJJPK6
When she was 6, Julia Rae Schlucter was assigned a child-life specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was being treated for a lung condition.
Schlucter, 22, of Wayne, the newly crowned Miss Philadelphia, was diagnosed before birth with cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that can be fatal. The specialist, Christina Brown, made sure Schlucter's needs as a child, and not just as a patient, were met, including having sufficient play and creative time.
#Advocacy #Cystic Fibrosis #CopingSkills #LungDisease #OvercomingObstacles
Ice Luminaries or Frozen glow balls
Winter is dark and cold — at least where I live. I can’t do much about the cold, however, I can do something about the dark! The long nights of the winter are a perfect time for luminaries. Who doesn’t love the inviting look of a walkway lined with lights?
It’s so easy you’ll want to make a bunch!
- Balloons – any size – Huge ones would be awesome!
- Colored dye, optional
- Click lights/Candles
To begin, if you want to add color, add a few drops of dye inside the balloon. For very dense, deep coloring, add more than a few drops.
Attach to a water faucet and slowly fill the balloon with water.
Fill to your desired amount. Be careful of overfilling, especially if there is dye involved that could stain if the balloon bursts.
Freeze. There are two freezing techniques — use the first for click lights and the second if you’re using candles.
Completely freeze the balloons. It is freezing cold here so I was able to plop my outside. I placed them on a cookie sheet to keep them semi-contained.
Once frozen, remove the balloon.
Scoop out a little divot in the snow, place the click light inside and place the ice luminary on top.
The click light version is nice for bright, non-extinguishable light.
Frequently check on them while they freeze. Allow the water in the balloons to mostly freeze.
When the outer shell is frozen but the inside is still water, cut away the balloon and release the water. You may have to carefully break the bottom open to release the water. Do this outside, in a sink or over a bucket so the water doesn’t stain.
Once the water is removed, continue to freeze the ice globes.
When they are fully frozen, cover the candle with the cavity of the ice globe. The heat from the candle will melt the luminary after a while. Thankfully the supplies are really cheap. :)
While it requires more fiddling and the flames can be easily extinguished by wind or melting ice, I think I prefer the soft light of candles.
Either way, icy light makes the winter dark less so!
#ChildLifeMonth #Frozen #Light #Activities #Balloons
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