Supporting Families During a Medical Mission to Cambodia

Supporting Families During a Medical Mission to Cambodia

In January, a team of medical volunteers provided over 40 surgeries for children and adults in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Patients were treated for birth defects such as cleft lip and palette and microtia which is a malformation or absence of the ear/s. Thanks to our...
Children’s Pain Captured in Art

Children’s Pain Captured in Art

Artwork is a powerful therapeutic tool to help children and caregivers express their emotions about their medical experiences. Children often have a difficult time verbalizing feelings associated with pain and the modality of art provides them the opportunity to...
Improving Healthcare in Tblisi, Georgia

Improving Healthcare in Tblisi, Georgia

Our journey to Tblisi… With child and family centered healthcare at the forefront of our minds, we recently embarked on an exciting and powerful journey to Tblisi, Georgia where we reunited with colleague and Standish Advisor Khatuna Dolidze, PhD, MS, CCLS 10 years...
Uniting to Reduce Procedural Pain

Uniting to Reduce Procedural Pain

Last week we packed up and headed to the 2017 Association for Child Life Professionals conference. We joined thousands of pediatric healthcare professionals from around the globe including nurses, doctors, administrators, educators, students and child life specialists...
Child Life, A Pediatrician’s Perspective

Child Life, A Pediatrician’s Perspective

 Pediatrician Arash Babaoff has extensive experience working alongside child life specialists across a variety of settings and throughout the world. He works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Medical Director of Yanez Barragan Ecuador Project, and a...
Technology in Pediatrics

Technology in Pediatrics

We are living in a time where the technology we have at our fingertips influences every aspect of our daily lives. From the moment we wake up we are inundated with news, social media feeds, programs that give us directions, traffic updates, recipes – anything we...
Prescription for Play

Prescription for Play

“Doctors are never afraid” A four-year-old boy told me this as he donned surgical gloves and gave his doll an injection. He was channeling the power of a healer to counterbalance the terror he faced on a daily basis as a pediatric oncology patient. His...
When it Comes to Play… We Mean Business

When it Comes to Play… We Mean Business

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This year, we thought we’d kick off 2017 by focusing on something fun – PLAY. Everyone, young and old, here and there, across the world plays. At The Standish Foundation for Child and Family Centered Healthcare, we know how important play is to the...
Play as Powerful Healing

Play as Powerful Healing

A Look into Medical Camps with Dr. Ben Let us catch you up….we are delving hardcore into what it means to play, and why it is CRITICAL to understand it and incorporate it into your pediatric healthcare practices. Our last blog segment by Dr. Ben attempted to shine...
Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

On this day, December 10th, in 1948 the United Nations drafted the Universal Declaration of Human rights – a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations outlining, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.  So when...
Happy Child Life Month!

Happy Child Life Month!

If you know a child life specialist, give them a hug, high-five, or a social media shout out! We’d like to honor to these incredible child life specialists Laura Gaynard, Deb Vilas, Cinda MacDonald, Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo, Natalie Fyles, Khatuna Dolidze, Susan...