Purposeful Play

Purposeful Play

When we decided to focus on the importance of play in healthcare this month, we reached out to one of the gurus of cultivating playful experiences for children in the face of great challenge – Dr. Ben Meisel. Propelled by his belief in the power of play, Dr. Ben...
6 Holiday Tips for Healthcare Providers

6 Holiday Tips for Healthcare Providers

Every year unsuspecting and very disappointed parents find themselves trying to give their sick kid a happy holiday from within hospital walls – a challenge that you can help with. With the holidays upon us, here are a few tips FOR and FROM health care providers on...
Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

All of us at Standish Foundation wish you and your family a peaceful Thanksgiving -Andy Mangione Standish, President Through the years, I’ve attended events honoring Active U.S. Military and Veterans. Yet this post-election Veterans Day event was different. I was...
We’ll Be Okay

We’ll Be Okay

We would like to extend our sympathy to the entire Copeland family, especially Kim, Maegan and Austin.   Sean and Brodie Copeland, the two Americans killed in the terrorist attack in Nice were from Lakeway, Texas where Standish Foundation for Child & Family...
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

It’s been a fantastic year at Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare. For 2016, plans are being made to deliver our programs in Austin and even more cities in the U.S. We will continue helping to minimize the suffering and fear of hospitalized...
Gratitude

Gratitude

The holidays have something in common with hospital stays. Hospitals are places of hope and healing. Hospitals are also places of pain and sorrow. Most children don’t understand the juxtaposition of the two. It’s an abstract and unfathomable concept. Standish...
Design Kid-Friendly Healthcare Spaces, Q&A with Andy Keller

Design Kid-Friendly Healthcare Spaces, Q&A with Andy Keller

Ever wonder who comes up with those awesome, themed spaces at children’s hospitals and clinics? Andy Keller is one of them. Here he offers some tips and insights for making healthcare spaces a bit more child-friendly. In your professional opinion, what are the top 3...
The Important Business of Play (for Therapy)

The Important Business of Play (for Therapy)

We’re once again exploring the world of alternative therapies for children, mainly art, music and play. While the idea of employing these with adults seems a little preposterous (although, they have a place!), these therapies are almost non-negotiable for kids. There...
Books We Love

Books We Love

One of the best ways to explain a doctor’s visit or something more serious, like a surgical procedure, to a young child is with the help of a story. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite books   Going to the Hospital by Fred Rodgers Poo Plays Doctor  by K.W....
Patient-Centered Care Month

Patient-Centered Care Month

Shoal Habib said, “Hospitals are unlike other places in that people who are in them don’t want to be.” Consider the children with acute and chronic illness who are in hospitals frequently. They become experts on the unwelcome, unwanted hospital experience. These...
Making Hospital Stays Easier on Infants & Toddlers

Making Hospital Stays Easier on Infants & Toddlers

Understanding what little ones need is always a challenge—are they hungry, tired, afraid? When they’re in the hospital, that challenge is compounded. Their little minds are inundated with new information, sights, sounds and sensations and then, something unfamiliar...
Helping Hospitalized Adolescents Cope

Helping Hospitalized Adolescents Cope

Making the hospital a happier place for children of all ages is a rewarding, but of course challenging task—and there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Tactics and techniques differ for different genders, cultures and age groups. What’s employed for school-age...
Q&A with Brenda Sturgeleski

Q&A with Brenda Sturgeleski

We never get tired of hearing about how Child Life Specialists arrived in their professions. Brenda Sturgeleski, BA, Ed, LES, CCLS, CTRS, shares how she turned a fine arts degree and passion for serving children into a Child Life career. How did you get involved in...
Q&A with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Founder, Lu Sipos

Q&A with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Founder, Lu Sipos

Learning your child has cancer or another serious illness that is or could be life-threatening has the power to make you feel very alone, but it also introduces you to a network of people who understand what you’re going through and understand the power of hope and...
Q&A with Child Life Specialist, Lois Wolgemuth

Q&A with Child Life Specialist, Lois Wolgemuth

Lois Wolgemuth has worked as a Child Life Specialist at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, for 31 years, but discovered her passion for helping hospitalized children at age 12. She’s truly devoted her life to the Child Life profession and shares...
Jobs & Gifts

Jobs & Gifts

“Our JOB is to provide healthcare. The way we do it is our GIFT to patients and families.” –Andrea Standish Recently, I met with a dynamic woman named Kelli Kelley who is the Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold. After navigating a path without much support...
Augusta Victoria Update + Our 5th Birthday

Augusta Victoria Update + Our 5th Birthday

Hello from Jerusalem! While we are here working with Augusta Victoria Hospital, we are also celebrating our 5th birthday. We’re grateful to those who have supported us, donated, mentored, prayed, laughed, helped and advised us. We’ve gotten social with each other;...
Q&A with Child Life Specialist, Blogger & Author, Shani Thornton

Q&A with Child Life Specialist, Blogger & Author, Shani Thornton

Shani Thornton is the voice behind Child Life Mommy, a blog about being a mom and a Certified Child Life Specialist. Shani is a true warrior for child-centered healthcare practices and we’re honored she took the time to chat with us about her experiences as a child...
The Tawfiq Nasser Fellowship in Compassionate Healthcare

The Tawfiq Nasser Fellowship in Compassionate Healthcare

Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is returning to the pediatric cancer center at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem on August 16, 2015. Our journey to Jerusalem is bittersweet. We will be going to the memorial of Dr. Tawfiq Nasser....
Needles Are Scary

Needles Are Scary

August is national immunization awareness month. Of course, it’s also back-to-school season, so there’s a good chance shots and physicals are on your mind right now, especially if you’re a healthcare provider, or a parent. If you’re the latter, you may be dreading...