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Play with a purpose is key for child life specialists

Child life specialists use medical play to help children “play” out their feelings or anxieties or learn about an medical procedure.

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Preventing springtime slips and falls

As temperatures fluctuate, the number of slips and falls rise. Find suggestions to take the right precautions to prevent from falling.

Child Life specialist uses iPad to help distract patient from procedures.

How distraction can help kids cope under stress

Playing a game by yourself might help reduce pain, but playing with someone through your medical event is likely to be much more effective.

What’s so special about special events?

The Child Life Department at Children's Minnesota plans special events to help create memories and playtime for patients, families, staff and the community.

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Child Life Services uses play to support patients and families

Child Life focuses on age appropriate play and education to help patients understand ad cope with procedures and other experiences at Children's Minnesota.

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Star Studio, our in-house TV channel, brings joy to patients

It can be hard to feel like a kid when you’re in the hospital. That’s where Star Studio comes in.

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For a boy with a mysterious bug bite, child life specialists made all the difference

When a mysterious bug bite brought Johnny into Children's Minnesota, a team of physicians and child life specialists became a bright spot in his story.

Augsburg’s Animals For Smiles

November 10, 2017 7 p.m. – November 11, 2017 9 p.m., Minneapolis

Join the Augsburg Men’s and Women’s hockey teams and the Physician Assistant Studies program for their Animals for Smiles event! This is a stuffed animal toss benefiting Children’s Minnesota in appreciation for hosting PA students during their clinical rotations. Animals will be given out to Children’s patients. The toss will take place during both home hockey games against Bethel University on November 10th and 11th at 7:00 pm. Stuffed animals will be tossed onto the ice following the first period. Please bring a new stuffed animal, preferably wrapped or bagged so it will stay clean during the toss. Supplies will also be available to wrap toys before entering rink. We hope to see you at Ed Saugestad Rink on Augsburg University Campus!

Communicating Diabetes with Peers

For children with diabetes, making sure peers and teachers have the correct and relevant information can help curb misconceptions about diabetes.

Supporting Children with Diabetes as They Grow

From young sprouts to adolescents, children may need different types of support to cope with diabetes. Read Child Life Specialists, Dagney and Schoni, guide to supporting your growing child by clicking here!