Supporting Military Children

Supporting Military Children

Children who are military connected have unique needs and experiences compared with their peers of similar ages. These experiences tend to include frequent moves, prolonged separations, and deployments of family members (Heubner, 2018). Along with the deployment of a...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Thank you for your support in helping us bring hope and happiness to hospitalized children and families. Because of you, our programs impact 700,000 children annually in the U.S. and overseas. In the past year we...
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...
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...
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...
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...