Tag Archive: child life

For the past two years, Emberlyn Wray has entertained our team and her fellow patients with her sassy, spunky and unforgettable personality. She’s known for singing songs and dancing in her hospital room, the hallways of our ASK Hematology and Oncology Clinic and “the fishbowl” (our aquatic-themed infusion room). She also has a knack for easily making new friends. “Emberlyn doesn’t hesitate to go up to the other kids in... View Article

Sep 28 2017

Just 15-20 minutes of quality time together can build a child’s self-esteem, enhance family bonding and provide fun, stress-free time for everyone. There are many ways you can give the gift of “time together” to your child during the holiday season and throughout the new year.Below is a list of “family fun” ideas from our child life team. These ideas focus on family bonding, healthy fun and active play. You can... View Article

Dec 23 2016

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

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re introducing you to Miriam Post, a 21-year-old junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. The bilingual psychology major began volunteering with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) her freshman year to meet required volunteer credit hours. Miriam’s ‘required’ time quickly turned into a love of working with children in the hospital setting, and ultimately helped define her career path towards becoming a child life... View Article

Apr 15 2015

Next up in our Child Life Month Month blog series… Meet Katie Barber, CTRS There isn’t much Katie Barber won’t do for her patients – including taking a pie to the face to help #WhipChildhoodCancer! Watch 10-year-old Thomas share a whip cream pie (topped with sprinkles!) with Katie. Q & A with Katie Q: How long have you worked at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR)?I’ve been with CHoR... View Article

Mar 26 2015

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

Get the whole family involved in making Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations this year with art projects that encourage hands-on fun for all ages and ability levels! These fall-themed crafts are recommended by specialists from CHoR’s Child Life Department.Handprint SpiderMaterials:  White paper Pencil Paint Scissors Googly eyes Glue Trace your child’s hands with a pencil and have your child fill in the handprints with paint or paint your child’s hands and... View Article

Oct 15 2014