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Presurgery tours educate and empower kids and parents

They gave Sarah hospital socks to put on her bear.

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.

A Day in the Life: Child Life Specialist March is Child Life Month

Child life specialist Michelle Peterson meets with boy before surgery

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.