Tag Archives | Child Life

What Happens When a Teddy Bear Has Surgery?

At Children’s Medical Center, when a teddy bear has surgery, patients like 5-year-old Nicole Martinez get to learn about their own medical journey in a way they can understand. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, a part of childhood in short supply for many patients in the hospital. Pamela the Bear Visits Children’s Patients at […]

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Medical Play Helps Children Cope

Medical play is a way for our child life specialists to help children cope with their hospital stay. Watch child life specialist Crystal Wilkins help 4-year-old Alyssa Daggs, a patient in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, learn about her medical procedures with a special doll.

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Clowns Bring Healing Through Laughter

Our Funnyatrics Program includes eight clowns who work at Children’s with one purpose – to lighten the load for patients, families, employees and anyone else who crosses their path. Whether it’s a child who needs to be soothed before going into surgery or a teen whose spirits need lifting, the clowns are available five days a week. Watch […]

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Teddy Bear Clinic Helps Kids Cope

Child Life specialists at Children’s use a variety of methods to help children cope while they are at the hospital. Teddy Bear clinics are just one of the many ways children are able to feel empowered and in control of their situation. I recently watched children go through a special kind of healing process as they lined […]

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Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade

Holiday Parade Benefits Kids

Being in the hospital can be very overwhelming for a child or teen. The Child Life Department provides support to patients and families in many ways. For example, a Certified Child Life Specialist may use special books or dolls to help a child understand why they are having surgery. They can teach positive coping strategies […]

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A tree for the holidays

A tree for the holidays

For most people who celebrate the holidays, decorating the tree is one of the best parts of the season — getting all the decorations out of the attic, stringing the lights, the ribbon, and the popcorn and cranberry garlands.But for some children who are sick, the joy of decorating the tree doesn’t happen. That’s where […]

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Children’s holiday parade

Hope you enjoyed the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade Presented by Capital One Bank on Dec. 4 in downtown Dallas as much as I did.The parade, which many families consider the “official” start of the holiday season, raises money for Children’s Medical Center, specifically for our Child Life department. Our child life specialists work with […]

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