Learn the most common worries at each stage of development.

Child Therapist's List of Top Childhood Fears by Age

130.247 5. The student analyzes the growth and development of preschool children of diverse backgrounds, including those with special needs. B. Describe the role of play in a preschool child's growth and development

Facts About the Importance of Play

When children play we often just think they're having fun, but research has shown that the benefits of play extend far beyond that in early childhood. Such a key resource in understanding the effects and benefits of play on early childhood development.

Books for kids about death and grief to help children cope with loss from @growingbbb

Helping Kids Cope With Loss

Books for kids about death and grief to help children cope with loss from /growingbbb/

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.

This list of medical apps that could be great tools to help hospitalized children. There are different apps for different topics and ages/developmental levels. Goals: familiarization, distraction, education, fun, independence (by gaining knowledge)

Child Life Activity: Test Tube Sparkle Wands! Go to CraftstoCure.com to see the steps!

Crafts to Cure: Test Tube Sparkle Wands. These would be great for kids to make medical equipment fun. After making them, children could engage in and enjoy pretend play with them.

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

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

Helping your sibling prepare for surgery can be a learning experience as well as a coping device for the child.

A big part of what we do with children is teach them safe and appropriate ways to cope and express themselves. We aren’t born knowing how to walk and we also aren’t born knowing how to …

Spin the wheel of coping skills!

Spin the wheel of coping skills! – Like to use this as a practice tool to work on coping skills for Music therapy

The 4 traditional paradigms of play are all incorporated into the way a child life specialist approaches their patients. However, among the 4, "play as therapy" is a primary focus. At www.CraftsToCure.com I have helped lay out some of the reasoning and rationale behind the use of play therapy in a hospital setting!

The four traditional paradigms of play are all incorporated into the way a child life specialist approaches their patients. However, among the four, "play as therapy" is a primary focus of Child Life Specialists.

This FREE informational book is helpful in explaining what surgery is to young children. Whether the teacher or a student is having surgery, this is the perfect book for your class!

Preparation Method: This FREE informational book is helpful in explaining what surgery is to young children. Whether the teacher or a student is having surgery, this is the perfect book for your class!

8 Ways Kids Can Calm Down Anywhere

The 5 tips that WILL help you calm your angry child down.

Tips for Calming the Angry Child PLUS 8 Calming Tools to do ANYWHERE - Views From a Step Stool Tips for Calming the Angry Child: Why it's ok to be upset, and how we can help our kids learn to calm themselves anywhere!

Blog by two child life specialists working in the NICU - some helpful tips for distraction techniques with premature infants and developmentally appropriate play activities. Also contains some useful ideas for support groups for siblings of NICU patients.

Child Life in the NICU - tips for distraction techniques with premature infants and developmentally appropriate play activities. Also contains some useful ideas for support groups for siblings of NICU patients.

Play Therapy Dollar Store Finds

Play Therapy Activities & Resources for $1

Play Therapy Dollar Store Finds: Good inexpensive play items for children in the hospital. Can be used as props or comfort items for the children.

"Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.

Saying "Calm Down" To Your Kids Doesn't Actually Work

Behaviour management "Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.

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.

Child Life Service- Helping Children take their medication

Child Life Service- placing "comforting' stickers on medicine tools to lessen anxiety and stress that may be experienced when taking the medicine

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