Crisis Nurseries

Have you heard of crisis nurseries? They seem like a great alternative setting for child life specialists and are located throughout the U.S.A. Below is a video from Crisis Nursery, Inc. in Arizona that demonstrates the importance of crisis nurseries for preventing child abuse.

Crisis nurseries can help prevent childhood trauma, which affects health across a lifetime:

 

The Josh Cares Program

Watch and learn about this amazing program: The Josh Cares mission is to provide companionship and comfort to children hospitalized in critical and chronic care units in children’s hospitals. Josh Cares Child Life Specialists serve as surrogates for, and links to, the families who would be by their children’s sides if they could. #ChildLife

Watch this documentary: Our Curse

An intimate portrait of parenting a baby with a life-threatening illness.

Kids, the Holocaust, and “inappropriate” play

A fascinating read. “In play, whether it is the idyllic play we most like to envision or the play described by Eisen, children bring the realities of their world into a fictional context, where it is safe to confront them, to experience them, and to practice ways of dealing with them.” This is why play in the hospital context, for example medical play, is so important to helping kids cope with hospitalization.