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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...