Tag Archive: child life specialist

A little preparation and extra comfort go a long way for a child facing surgery. Our child life team has special training – and lots of real-life kid experience – in just what can help. From the weeks leading up to surgery to “no food” the night before and a special send-off when you leave your child’s side, there are several ways you can support your child and ease their... View Article

Apr 4 2019

Giving medication to a child can be a difficult part of the job for parents and challenging at times even for nurses and doctors. Luckily, our child life team is here to help make these moments easier and less stressful for all involved. Child life specialists work with patients and families to help minimize stress related to their health care experience and have special training in preparing children for medical... View Article

Dec 19 2018

Surgery can cause anxiety for both children and parents, particularly when experiencing it for the first time. Child Life Specialist Siri Bream has some preparation tips to help everyone face the day with confidence.How can parents prepare?The best thing you can do as a parent is educate yourself first. Ask questions of the health care team so you feel like you have a good understanding of what to expect.Talking with... View Article

Apr 12 2017

Keeping kids happy, calm and entertained during a doctor’s visit or an outpatient procedure can sometimes be a challenge. The following tips from child life specialist Katie Barber can help you pass the time in a fun way and help your children feel more calm and relaxed. Some of the ideas listed below are geared specifically to enhance your experience at our new Children’s Pavilion but all of these concepts... View Article

Oct 26 2016

Join us in welcoming the newest member of our child life team! Meet Chelsea Preuss, CCLS Chelsea might be a new face at CHoR, but her enthusiasm and dedication are making her well known!Personal experienceIt takes a special kind of person to support and advocate for children and families in the hospital. While Chelsea’s education and internship prepared her for a career in child life, her childhood experiences have provided... View Article

Mar 24 2015

Next up in our Child Life Month series… Meet Kelsey Williams, MS, CCLS Return to RichmondThe team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is excited to have certified child life specialist, Kelsey Williams, back on campus! Kelsey completed her practicum at CHoR in July 2013 before heading to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to complete her child life internship. Kelsey’s education and clinical experience have prepared her to... View Article

Mar 23 2015

Next up in our Child Life Month series we’re introducing you to a child life specialist who has been a part of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) team for nearly two decades. Meet Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST During March, we celebrate team members like Heather, a senior child life specialist at CHoR who spends her time helping children and their families cope with the different health challenges and... View Article

Mar 22 2015

March brings St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, March Madness… and Child Life Month! Subscribe to our blog to learn more about child life through this special blog series – we’ll introduce you to our child life team and the patients and families that they serve. Child life specialists Among the many medical specialists, researchers and pediatric experts at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), stands a group... View Article

Mar 18 2015

While many young children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, ballerinas and astronauts, those who encounter people like Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST during their stay in the hospital often develop heroes of a different kind. During March, we celebrate heroes like Heather, a senior child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) who spends her time helping children and their families cope with the different health challenges and... View Article

Mar 31 2014

Ask Siri Bream what she does for a living and she would probably say, “I play with kids.” But, as a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, her specialty entails much more than that.Among the many medical specialties, research capabilities and pediatric experts at CHoR, stands a group dedicated to helping kids be kids, even while in the hospital. Enter Child Life, a group that supports... View Article

May 8 2013