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Here is a great guide to the different types of play therapy that can be used by Child Life Specialists to help children in medical environments cope.

This is a chart on the different types of play. Each section includes detailed information on the types of play. The different types of play could be used in play therapy for the child.

How to Land a Child Life Internship - tips from a child life specialist. #childlife Tales of Life, Love and Ice Cream

How to Land a Child Life Internship

How to Land a Child Life Internship - tips from a CCLS. This will be useful in the coming months when I am applying to child life internships across the country!

I often receive e-mails from Child Life students asking what I would recommend to make their application POP when up against others applying for a practicum/internship. This is a very valid questio...

I often receive e-mails from Child Life students asking what I would recommend to make their application POP when up against others applying for a practicum/internship. This is a very valid questio.

End of life - Being developmentally sensitive and using terms/ explainations a child will understand

This Kid-Friendly Explanation Of Death Will Change How You Think About The World

My Coping Toolbox! Filled with coping objects, items, photos, etc. for self care when ED behaviors strike.

A Coping Toolbox filled with coping objects, items, photos, etc. for self care. This is a great idea for patients who need some coping skills. You can have them participate and make the toolbox together.

Providing information and entertainment to children and their families through the use of technology.  Knowledge gives a child more control over his or her environment. Helps with development of autonomy and initiative.

A list of apps to use for distraction that are also educational and calming, specifically separated into medical apps, transplant apps, and oncology apps

Because any game can be a therapeutic game when you're a child life specialist. Can't wait to use my newly labelled Jenga blocks with my patients.

Because any game can be a therapeutic game when you're a child life specialist. Can't wait to use my newly labelled Jenga blocks with my patients. A great form of therapeutic play

a detailed book list  of books to use for talking to children about death of a sibling from growingbookbybook.com

Book Lists: Talking to Children About Death of a Sibling

Another set of books that help siblings deal with the death of a loved one. These are so important because dealing with grief in this way is difficult for everyone, especially another child who does not really know how to grieve.

Ways to Help Prepare a Child for Their Sibling's Surgery

Ways to Help Prepare Your Child for Their Sibling's Surgery

Ways to Help Prepare a Child for Their Sibling's Surgery. These are just a few things that can be done to help reduce anxiety for children that have a sibling going in for surgery.

Cardboard Hospital: Pretend play to work through fear and anxiety. And children's book recommendations about doctors, hospitals and just plain being sick!

Pretend Play Hospital Craft

Another ideas for Dramatic play with children. Cardboard Hospital: Pretend play to work through fear and anxiety. And children's book recommendations about doctors, hospitals and just plain being sick!

Books for Children with Cancer shared by Jenae writer of I Can Teach My Child

Books for Children with Cancer

These books for children with cancer can help bring some comfort and reassurance during a very scary time. They help children feel as if they are not alone.

Having to get an IV can be very scary for many children. Having an IV cover could be a great distraction from looking at it often. Additionally, you could allow the children to decorate their own cover as a means of artistic expression and distraction from their environment.

DIY IV covers-a great distraction from the scary needles and tubes!

The patient is the doctor. Medical play is a therapeutic activity for children. It helps them to act out their fears, have questions answered, and feel empowered.

Providing tools for medical play is a therapeutic activity for children. Medical Play helps children to act out their fears, have questions answered, and feel empowered.

Explaining an IV to a child. This is a great way to explain what a IV is to a child not only are they discussing it, but the child gets to see everything as well

Link to a video showing Child Life Specialist explaining an IV procedure. Great example of what a real Child Life Specialist does and how to explain a procedure in developmentally appropriate terms.

anatomy | Adventures In Child Life. Such a playful way to incorporate anatomy and medical understanding to a child.

Accurately shaped internal organs, in stuffed animal form. These are a great tool for simplifying and explaining what is happening to children inside their bodies. These stuffed organs make learning about their illness fun rather than scary!