Child Life Conference, Day 2!

Happy Friday from Chicago!  It was another eventful day here at the Child Life Conference.  A few highlights:

  • The Emma Plank Opening Keynote Address, delivered by developmental pediatrician Dr. Larry Gray:  Dr. Gray’s talk revolved around infant development, and how crucial early relationships are to a child’s success later in life.
  • Cheering on Children’s child life specialists Jodi Betsinger and Stephanie Smith during their presentation on the use of nitrous oxide for pediatric sedation. 
  • Valuable afternoon breakout sessions, such as “Employee Engagement–Why It Matters” and “On-The-Job Training for New Child Life Specialists.”

The conference Exhibit Hall opened this evening, so it was also a lot of fun to walk around and chat with the (nearly 70!) exhibitors.  Some exhibitors I recognized, such as CaringBridge and Beads of Courage, but there were also a large number of new & innovative companies/products.  The most creative, I thought, came from a company called Kelsey’s Kids:  they make “marshmallow launchers” to help kids with respiratory difficulties move air through their lungs in a fun & humorous way!  (I now have my own complimentary marshmallow launcher to bring back to Minnesota…YAHOO!)  Overall, it was another great day of networking, sharing time with my Children’s-MN colleagues, and meeting many new child life specialists from around the globe!  I’ll share highlights from Day 3 tomorrow!

Until then,

Jenna :)

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