Celebrating Child Life Month at Rush

Lisa M. Kappy BA, CCLS, CEIM, is a Child Life specialist with Rush University Medical Center. Rush’s Child Life Program, which focuses on the emotional and developmental well-being of hospitalized children and their families, plans to share regular updates about its activities.

By Lisa M. Kappy

We started Child Life Month the first of March. We had a table in the cafeteria to help explain Child Life services that went really well. Also, to help promote some of the interventions we do as specialists, we are having dress-up days.

Friday, March 5, was superhero day to help talk about dramatic play. It was a really fun day for the kids to see their doctors, nurses and child life specialists dressed up as superhero characters. Thursday, March 11, was pajama day, which allowed us to talk about relaxation. When kids and teens are having stress and anxiety here in the hospital, we try to help provide a relaxing space and self. Pajama day was a nice and relaxed day that was topped off with a movie in the activity room.

Now we are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday when we’ll have a corned beef sandwich lunch for the patients and families on pediatrics. Everyone is having a fun time celebrating Child Life Month, and we look forward to continuing the fun!

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