Checkup Newsroom (Child Life)

2018
March
08,
2018
You may be surprised to see a child life specialist in one of the rooms at Cook Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After all, this is an area devoted to babies. But spend some time in one of those rooms and you will see a big part of t...
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March
07,
2018
About five years ago, I was at work, walking down a long hallway wearing a pink feather boa, oversized yellow sunglasses, carrying a marshmallow launcher. A staff member I didn’t personally know was walking toward me, squinting his eyes. When we w...
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2017
June
15,
2017
It can be difficult to imagine what you will find when you walk into the emergency room with your kiddo. Chances are you’ve debated coming, but it’s Friday night and you’ve hoped all day that your child would start to feel better. The weekend is fast...
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April
27,
2017
As a kid, I can remember asking my mom before every single doctor’s appointment, “Am I going to get a shot?” Now with three kids of my own, I often hear, “Am I going to have to get a shot?” My 6-year-old tells me weekly that she doesn’t have to ge...
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April
19,
2017
By Victoria Shelton Cook Children’s has brought in visiting dogs for decades as a way to help patients and their families cope with their situations, but it was one of the first hospitals nationwide to realize the value in having dogs as badge-yie...
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March
14,
2017
Life is made up of lots of small moments (like when a kangaroo comes to visit). Working at Cook Children's as a child life specialist I get a front row seat to some of the biggest moments in the lives of many children. As a child life specialist m...
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January
31,
2017
Three years ago this month, I was on the farm at Canine Assistants being paired with Ralph Lauren, a goofy golden retriever with a fluffy tail and a giant smile. Each year since then I remember and reflect on Ralph's "gotcha day," and what it was lik...
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2016
September
15,
2016
For years, parents have favored the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine to painful shots for their children. This year, however, they may not have a choice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics a...
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March
17,
2016
Julia Smeltzer brings her dog to work every day. She wears a t-shirt and scrubs. And 'play' is in her job description. Don’t be confused though. Julia and her dog, Journey, have a big responsibility at Cook Children's. Yes, they are there to play,...
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2015
July
30,
2015
In “Inside Out,” the character, Joy, really enjoys controlling all the different emotions throughout the beginning of the movie, until Sadness touches a core memory and the memory changes. This really frustrates Joy that a core memory has been change...
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July
24,
2015
In Disney’s movie “Inside Out”, we see Riley’s emotion of Anger depicted as a red, brick-shaped, literal hot head. He is impatient, scowls, pounds his fist, flames burst from his head, and he yells…A LOT! Early on in Riley’s life, we see tantrums and...
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July
09,
2015
As a general rule, we try to avoid sadness. Nobody enjoys feeling sad and we are often uncomfortable when those around us are sad. We try to change the way they feel; make them happy, make them laugh. It can be uncomfortable to be around sadness. ...
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July
01,
2015
If you’ve seen “Inside Out,” you’ve seen how Joy leads the other emotions at the beginning of the movie, including Fear. We can’t blame her, right? What parent doesn’t want joy to be the emotion that fills a child’s day, week, year and lifetime? ...
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May
15,
2015
​No child enjoys going to a doctor’s office and getting blood drawn, but at some point it’s going to happen. A Child Life specialist at Cook Children’s has written this blog on tips from her line of work that you can use to help your child the next t...
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March
30,
2015
When I first moved to Fort Worth from Chicago, it felt like I was asked at least once a day, “What brought you here?” My quick response that I moved to work at Cook Children’s surprised many, perhaps because it seems that if you work in health care, ...
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2014
October
31,
2014
These days Avery’s schedule is pretty busy. We often joke that she needs a personal assistant to manage all of her activities. Being a typical girl with the incredible ability to multi-task at a young age, Avery is working on a multitude of things ri...
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