Teddy Bears Rule

Wow so it has been over a month since I have posted and for that, I am sorry. I have been busy with work and quite honestly, I haven’t been child life-ing as much as I’d like to be. BUT there are some things I can update you on…

So, very exciting to me but probably not that interesting to you is that I’m thinking I’m going to need a better organization system for all of my child life collection. I have found SO many awesome children’s books at second-hand stores and yard sales over the last few weeks, my little library is growing rapidly. I also recently purchased an ambulance from Playmobil *oops* and it is being displayed proudly in my living room (because I don’t have anywhere else to put it!). *ahem* I also found a nearly perfect child’s medical play kit at a garage sale for $1! Winner winner! Now you may be wondering what I’m using all of these things for. My answer to you is, it’s never too early to start building your collection of resources and tools!

Now for the more exciting stuff…

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, briefly, I participated in a Teddy Bear Clinic for Scarborough Rouge Hospital. I was asked to volunteer as a Child Life Specialist to provide attendees with information on the child life services in the hospital. It was awesome…I loved having the opportunity to fill people on on child life and the work that we do.

Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to help out at another Teddy Bear Clinic last weekend for Etobicoke General Hospital and it was – again – awesome! I was manning the blood work station and it was exactly what I needed. I feel like it has been so long since I have put any of my medical, clinical skills to work. This was a fabulous refresher of a basic medical procedure, plus I got the chance to participate in a fundraiser for an awesome community hospital.

On top of the refresher that I received, I also had the chance to meet and connect with fellow child life specialists working at various hospitals. I love getting to know other CLS’s and listening to their stories – how they learned about child life, what their schooling was like, what their job hunt experience was, and what they enjoy doing most as a CLS. For so long I was one of the only people I knew that knew what child life was … I was always the one doing the educating! It’s nice to surround myself with people who not only respect and appreciate the field of child life, but who work hard for it. I am lucky to have been able to meet and work with some of these awesome people.

Check out the photos below to see how awesome the clinic was. I highly recommend participating in a Teddy Bear Clinic if you can. They are fabulous and let’s face it, it is always nice to spread the word about child life!

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