Fabulous Find Friday: ACCO

ACCO stands for American Childhood Cancer Organization and they are our Fabulous Find today!

I learned about ACCO at the Child Life Conference this past summer. They not only work to create awareness about childhood cancer, encourage research and offer support, but they also provide education resources to parents/teacher/doctors and can provide resources for you!

To find their free educational resources, visit http://www.acco.org/books/ and scroll down to the section under Books for Parents. You will see “Professionals and Educators: Request a Desk Set of Our Informational Resources” This  desk set includes a medical play kit, books for patients and their families, general education books about cancer and more. I highly recommend you check out the ACCO!

 

Julia is coming to Sesame Street

Meet Julia! Julia has autism and she is the newest Muppet on Sesame Street.

Julia was introduced to better prepare children when they meet playmates and friends who have autism. In March 2014, it was believed that about 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder. By bringing Julia to Sesame Street, the writers aren’t teaching children everything there is to learn about autism but they are exposing children to a Muppet with autism. As Child Life Specialists, we know the importance of preparation and education. What a great form of preparation for children preparing to enter school, or even any environment in which they will meet other children. 60 Minutes has a great article about Julia and the show which you can find here.

Sesame Street is a great show for kids. What are some of you favorite kids shows and why?

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Fabulous Find Friday: Dandle*LION Medical

I love webinars! As much as I enjoy my college classes, there’s something to be said about learning things and not having to worry about related papers or tests.

Dandle*LION Medical has some great webinars about life in the NICU. Child Life Specialists are a growing presence in the NICU, yet I’ve noticed that much of the conversation focuses on school aged children in the hospital setting. Although these webinars are not Child Life specific, they provide insight into the experience of a NICU baby. Visit this link to learn more about their webinars.

Babies are so adorable and I think that everyone probably has a favorite baby story. In order to spread some joy and positivity this week, I would love to hear your stories. What’s your favorite baby story?

 

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Fabulous Find Friday: NCTSN

NCTSN is The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. We all know that the hospital can be a stressful time for a child, but there are many other times that children are exposed to stressful experiences in their lives. The NCTSN has a variety of great FREE continuing education credits that cover a broad range of topics related to children and trauma. College classes are great but they also cost money. These podcasts and webinars are a great way to learn more about children.

Where are your favorite sites for continuing education?

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