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Hospital HacksWhen a child is in the hospital, life is disrupted. Inside those hospital walls, procedures, sounds of medical equipment, and a revolving door of bedside visitors can impact sleep, play, and normal routines. 

I have been a Certified Child Life Specialist for 10 years and have worked in respected children’s hospitals in New York City and my hometown of Milwaukee. Certified Child Life Specialists use developmentally-appropriate play, medical education and preparation to help reduce fear, anxiety and pain for children and teens. We provide support to the whole family – empowering parents with language and tools to help their children cope and support siblings who may be having a difficult time with a disruption of their routine and separation from primary caregivers. 

Toddler at dentist doseofplayOur daughter’s first visit to the dentist was just after she turned two years old, per recommendation from her pediatric dentist. As a child life specialist, I’m familiar with how beneficial a positive medical experience can set children up to cope positively with future medical experiences and, adversely, how a negative one can make subsequent medical encounters more challenging.

During her first visit, the dentist did a quick checkup that consisted of quickly looking at and touching her teeth, tongue, and throat. He finished the exam by reviewing how to properly clean her teeth. It went better than I expected.

Military childrenIndependent, strong, resilient, respectful: these are just some terms used to describe America’s “military brats”. Over 1.2 million children in the United States currently live in an active duty military home. Of those 1.2 million, 900,000 will have experienced at least one deployed parent. To honor their commitment and sacrifice, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child.  So, what is it really like to be the child of a service member?

car seat safetyDid you know that most people think they are using the right car seat for their child? They are not! Four out of five car seats are used/installed wrong!

Child safety seats are required by law in every state because they provide the best protection for infants and young children. Installing a car seat, however, can be challenging due to the wide variety of restraint systems, seat belt systems, and vehicles today.

Better SleepLowcountry Therapy is joining the National Sleep Foundation in celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week, March 10 - 16, 2019. This year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals.

There is nothing worse than getting a poor night’s sleep and dragging through the entire next day. Especially when the average kiddo generally has a full day of school, after school activities, sports practice and homework. Sleep allows your body to rest for the next day.