When I learned that my youngest daughter, Sarah, would need surgery, I knew it was important to do the presurgery tour with her to help alleviate any fears she may have. The journalist in me also wanted to share the experience on our blog – through the fresh eyes of the other parents who were there.
As a child life specialist in surgical services, Michelle Peterson starts her day at 6:30 a.m. She and two other child life specialists at Akron Children’s Hospital check the surgery schedule to see if any of the patients have been here before. Today, Peterson sees a familiar name, so she initials the schedule to indicate she’ll work with that family.
Our child life specialists play a critical role in helping to reduce stress and anxiety for children and families before, during and after medical procedures. It’s a perspective they’re sharing with the team planning and building the new $200-million critical care tower at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Every parent has been there – frustrated by the child who’s afraid of shots, refuses to take her medicine or just won’t sit still long enough to get his temperature taken. In honor of “Child Life Month,” I asked our certified child life specialists to give parents their best advice on handling medical encounters with […]