CofC Master of Science in Child Life Program

Master of Science in Child Life

Happy Friday! Wishing you a safe and joyful weekend ☺️

[05/07/20]   This book is a great resource to utilize when talking to children about the Coronavirus. Click here to download it for free!

Happy #MotivationMonday! It is SO important to acknowledge that you encompass the ability to overcome any obstacle 🧡

Happy last day to our first and second years! 💓

#ThrowbackThursday to 2014 when the Master of Science in Child Life Program began at CofC! Thanks to the @postandcourier for highlighting this milestone.

Here’s some advice for talking to children about why they are unable to see their grandparents during this time!

Children and adolescents may be feeling confused about why they cannot go back to school or play with their friends during this time. With lots of changes being made each day, explaining the reason for these restrictions can be difficult. Here is some information on how your child may be thinking/feeling and conversation tips to help your child better understand why they cannot go to school or play with their friends!

Children may often wonder what keeps them from getting sick and what they can do to stay healthy. Here is a way to explain our body’s protector, our immune system, to school-aged children!

Here are some tips for teaching children how to wash their hands while having fun! 🤚🏼💧

#cofc #mscl #childlifespecialist #childlife #childlifeprogram #handwashing #forkids

Each new day comes with new strengths!
Let’s focus on them today. Comment one of your strengths below!

#MotivationMonday #childlifespecialist #childlife #mscl #cofc #strength #support #spreadkindness

There’s nothing routine about the coronavirus epidemic. As many families are adjusting to changes in their day-to-day lives, collaborating with your children to create a daily schedule during this unique time is recommended to provide structure and consistency. This can help to mitigate stress and anxiety in children and adolescents!

Your children may have important questions about the Coronavirus! Here are some tips on how to approach this conversation for various age groups!

Share this with friends and family who may need it!

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Congratulations to our 2020 Poster Session Winners!! It was a tough competition as all of our participants were stellar, but the winners are:

People's Choice winner is Lexi Gravino from the College of Charleston School of Business MBA

Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Education winners are Nicole Crace, Annie Cummins, Christine Dudkiewicz, Blair Manley, Sarah McKenzie, Shannon McWilliams, Maddy Rodeffer, Elizabeth Rypkema, Tolly Stewart from the CofC Master of Science in Child Life Program

Sciences, Mathematics, and Business winner is Delaney Drake from Grad Program in Marine Biology/Grice Marine Lab - College of Charleston

Great job, and we hope everyone is staying safe!

Times of uncertainty and disruption to normal routine may increase stress in children and their families. Caregivers, here are some tips and resources to help decrease stress and anxiety for your kids!

During this time children may be wondering how coronavirus is spreading. Here are some ways you can explain germs to children of different ages! Encouraging them to remember how they are defeating germs when hand washing can be an effective way to encourage kids to wash hands often.

Here are some wonderful indoor play activities using items you probably already have in your house! These play activities can be a great resource to family and friends who are remaining indoors over the next couple of weeks. Tag us in pictures of your creations ☺️

#mscl #childlifemonth #childlifespecialist #childlifestudent #cofc #student #volunteer #play #indoorplay #indoorplayactivities #playactivities

CofC Master of Science in Child Life Program

Happy #SecondYearSpotlight !! “Hi everyone, I’m Olivia and I’m completing my internship at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, New York! I have two seven-week rotations in Hematology/Oncology/BMT and Medical/Surgical, and a one-week rotation in pre-surgical testing. In this picture, I worked with an 8 year old child on airborne precautions and currently, interns are not allowed to enter these rooms. But— I got creative! We talked through the walkie talkies and played Pictionary/TicTacToe on his door. This was a great intervention to decrease his anxiety due to isolation and separation from caregivers as well as increase his coping through normalization and socialization. I am a part of a large team of CCLS’ at Cohen and am seeing so many different styles of doing child life. I am having a great time honing my skills and developing my own style! I have learned and grown so much in the last 10 weeks and I am excited to continue doing so during the remainder of internship!” #childlifeintern #childlifemonth #childlifespecialist #childlife #student #mscl

Our first year students did a wonderful job presenting their research project at the Graduate Research Poster Session today! Their research presentation assessed cultural differences in play and provided suggestions for culturally universal materials.

Thank you to all of the professors and students that came to support the Child Life Program! 💛

#cofcchildlife #childlifespecialist #childlifemonth #research #childliferesearch #student #mscl #gradstudentweek

The Graduate Education Fair was a success! We loved talking to undergraduate students about the Child Life Program ☀️🩺

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Happy Monday and happy #secondyearspotlight !! We are so proud of our amazing second years!

“Hey, I’m Hailey-Marie, and I’m completing my internship at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA! As of this week, I’m a little more than halfway through! I started my internship with a 1-week rotation in the playroom, and then a 6-week rotation in the progressive care unit, which has special emphasis on nephrology, pulmonology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and mental health. This week I had a 1-week rotation in our outpatient hematology and oncology clinic, and next week I’ll start my second 6-week rotation in our general care unit with specializations in patients with diabetes, burns, and pectus excavatum surgeries. I’ll then finish out my internship in the emergency department! I’m so thankful to have joined the child life team at CHKD, because they are so passionate about helping me learn and grow into the best child life professional I can be. It’s been wonderful seeing how much my grad school education can be applied in real time, and my passion for this field grows every single day at this beautiful hospital. I can’t wait for the second half!

P.S. Happy child life month! Our whole hospital had spirit week this week to celebrate the child life team, and today everyone got to wear shirts for their favorite teams!”

This weekend our students facilitated groups and were camp buddies for Shannon’s Hope. This camp provides support for children who have experienced a loss of a loved one. Our favorite part about camp was flying kites on the beach and, of course, our buddies!

[03/06/20]   On this International Women’s Day we celebrate all the amazing women we have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring and all the contributions they are making and will make to the care of children and families.

Join us at the Teddy Bear Trot this coming Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30 PM at the Kickin’ Chicken on Coleman! The Teddy Bear Trot is a 3 mile walk or run. Bring a NEW teddy bear and it will be donated to MUSC for children in the new hospital.
We are so excited and proud to be a part of this amazing event. 🐻

#cofcchildlife #cofc #mscl #childlifespecialist #teddybeartrot #childlifemonth #volunteer #fundraiser

March is Child Life month! This month is dedicated to recognizing the value of certified child life specialists and the positive impact they make on patients’ hospital experiences.

#childlifemonth #childlifespecialist #student #cofcchildlife #cofc #mscl #collegeofcharleston

Today our students volunteered at the Teddy Bear ER. They were able to provide care for children’s “injured” bears needing treatment and well bear checkups. The Teddy Bear Picnic helps to normalize the medical experience for children!

#cofcchildlife #childlifespecialist #childlife #student #volunteer #teddybearpicnic

A few of our first years spent the weekend volunteering at Camp Hands of Hope, a camp for children and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one! Our students came alongside these families in the midst of their grief journey and helped them to identify positive coping skills to effectively manage their emotions! The volunteers and families were able to enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium all weekend!

#cofcchildlife #cofc #student #handsofhope

Today our students got a first look at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! They even got to unpack some of the toys for the new playroom. The cohort is so excited to continue their practicum experience in the new hospital!

#shawnjenkinschildrenshospital #musc #childlifespecialist #ccls #student #cofcchildlife

Motivation Monday! 💓

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Happy #SecondYearSpotlight ... Valentine’s Day edition! 💓

“Hi, I’m India! My co-intern and I are completing our child life internship at Prisma Health Upstate Children’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina! My first rotation is a general pediatric inpatient unit and the pediatric intensive care unit. I also get to spend a few mornings a week in the outpatient hematology / oncology clinic where my supervisor is a CofC grad. I have loved being able to apply all of my theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting. I’ve already learned so much and I am excited to continue to see how different child life specialists work as I begin to build my own style.”

#cofcchildlife #childlifespecialist #cofc #student #internship #ccls #valentinesday

Happy Valentine’s Day from the CofC Child Life Program! ❤️

We are so proud of our second year students! #SecondYearSpotlight

“Hi everyone, I’m Maura! I’m doing my internship at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston, MA! I‘m on the infant-early school age inpatient unit Monday through Wednesday and Endoscopy/GI Thursday’s and Fridays. I love being able to be on both units for the entire semester because it gives me the opportunity to really grow in my abilities on both units without having to readjust to a new unit midway through. I’ve been able to apply my developmental and theoretical knowledge in so many different ways. As a major teaching hospital, MassGen is filled with students of all different disciplines so the learning opportunities are constant. The entire staff has been so welcoming and I could not have joined a better team!”

#childlifespecialist #childlife #student #internship #cofc #cofcchilife

A quote from one of our alumna, Annie Matlack. She speaks about the caliber of education she received when attending the Child Life Program at the College of Charleston.

You can support the CofC Child Life Program by donating here today 🙂

Today our students enjoyed the beautiful Charleston weather by having class outside! ☀️☀️☀️

The College of Charleston's 250th birthday was cause for great celebration! Thank you to all who donated. We truly appreciate your support!

Any amount you can give helps us to support student scholarships, community outreach service efforts, and important research in the psychosocial care of children.

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