Today I started by creating a banner congratulating a teenage boy who received a heart transplant! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see him as he was sleeping all day, but its exciting news! Afterwards I worked with an organization who does monthly visits dressed as a character. Last month a woman dressed up as super Mario. Today a man dressed up as a ninja turtle. I escorted the woman and ninja to patient’s rooms as we presented the children with gifts and blew bubbles for them. Its such a pleasure to see the patients enjoy this! One of the patients we visited was receiving therapy in rehab. This teenager is non communicative as he had a stroke and his body needs a lot of support. However he responded to the ninja turtle. Everyone was gathered around watching as he was smiling and flexing his muscles at the turtle. It was such an awesome thing to see. I then spent time with my 9month old patient Khaleesie. I came at the perfect time as the nurse needed assistance while bathing her. I then stayed and played with her. I was very happy to spend more time with her. Afterwards I helped host the golf activity. Every Tuesday an instructor comes and we recruit patients to join. Its pretty awesome how they adapt as needed for each patient and they children really enjoy themselves. It was a nice day. I am looking forward to seeing and doing more tomorrow.
So I have been juggling grad school and a practicum. Looking back it might have been best to do the practicum while not in school. With that being said, school is moving along! 🙂 I have one more summer class and then in the fall I have 3 more classes. In the spring I intend on doing an internship and my masters project. I have been brainstorming ideas for my masters project, which hopefully will come to a final decision soon. I am almost done!!!!
I just found out about a training workshop in September for working with children in disaster relief. I also might have an opportunity to get certified training in infant massage instruction, which I had planned on doing! If it is possible I will do both!
However, I do have to keep in mind that I have a lot on my plate already, so if it is not in the cards right away, I will do it down the line.
I am so excited to keep learning!
So this will be week 6 in FL for my child life practicum. I am in an infant toddler program working with the children in the PICU, IMCU, CVCU. The patients come from all over the hospital. I have the opportunity to see my supervisor in action introducing services, providing support, charting, planning calendar activities, easing anxiety during a PICC line, bereavement support. I am planning and implementing therapeutic play activities, providing comfort and distraction to patients, applying developmental theory, writing a case study, and creating a special project for the population. My supervisor says, this practicum will prepare me for the internship. This is so exciting! In the past weeks I made good luck banners to celebrate children who went home. I made a volcano with a patient. It was such a wonderful experience, the patient really enjoyed himself. He was thirteen but developmentally between ten and eleven years. The patient expressed the need for company. It was so great to be there for him. One of my supervisor’s responsibilities is planning all of the events during the week. I have helped host and recruited patients to come to the activities. I used one of my therapeutic play activities of making play dough with a patient. This past week I spent time with a precious 9month old girl who I have decided to do my case study on. I had the opportunity to plan and host ice breakers and self-esteem activities for an off-site cranio facial symposium for children ages 6-12. I also got to assist a 9 year old patient, as she walked 2 laps around the unit. I drove her pole close behind as I cheered her on along with a nurse and a child life supervisor. This weekend I completed my special project, which I will be showing my supervisor this week. I plan to try it out with my 9month old patient. We’ll see how it goes 🙂 I am trying to absorb as much as I can as this is truly a whirlwind that I am so excited to embark upon.