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!
It’s been a bit hectic but I have returned! 🙂
So… I still have not heard from one more internship site. I am trying to keep hopeful however I admit it is getting difficult.
It is my serious passion to help kids and child life is perfect for me! I am trying to explore all possible avenues to help my chances. The problem is I feel like I have exhausted all avenues.
Being the girl that looks at the big picture, (not to mention still in need of a full-time JOB-TURNED CAREER), I wind up trying to be resourceful. I can’t stop myself from looking at potential alternative careers.
I hope it doesn’t make me flaky. But the thing is I realize if I look at alternative ways to satisfy my passion of helping children then maybe I can have more luck taking off in my career.
~Determined and hopeful!
Today in the hospital I worked with a couple of kids. I spent time with a great five year old boy for a while. Two of the kids I spent a lot of time with are developmentally delayed and so sweet! I love working with all of the precious kids but I have to say when it comes to communicating with these developmentally kids it takes me to another level. It is truly something special. They are frequently non-verbal and we find alternative ways to communicate. The infant was gripping my hand and copying the movements I made with my lips, she was adorable :0)! I also spent time with a precious two-year old boy. He was holding my hand and gripping each finger as I spoke to him. As he held my fingers I went through each of them and pointed them out by name. When I had to go, it felt like he didn’t want me to leave. Every child is special in their own wonderful way. It is so important to me that I show these children that they matter. Every child needs to know they matter, that they are strong, and they are loved.
Another great day in the hospital 🙂
Welcome my friends, my visitors, my followers new and old, old and new! I have reached 120!
I am so happy to say I am almost finished with my sixth term in school! After this I Have 4 more terms until I earn my bachelors in Psychology with specialization in child and adolescent development!!!! I am thoroughly enjoying the ride!
My hardships that came with RSD has allowed me to re-examine my life. While I could have done without the pain+ I have managed to truly find myself!
This blog has been helpful for me to send my thoughts out to the universe and to all of you. Now that I have found my purpose to help people, children to be exact, I have a lot more aspirations! I hope my posts help you all in some way. 🙂
I am looking at getting my masters! Maybe I will have my own practice! I know I want to be a Child Life Specialist and I am getting closer! I am planning to get certified in infant massage therapy and educating! I want to help children cope! I want to encourage and inspire children! I want to be a support for them in helping them by giving them and their care givers the tools they need to help them succeed in life!
I am so excited! I also want to continue volunteering with children. I want to go global. I would love to do this in december for a few months! I haven’t yet found the right program! I would like to do work with kids in an orphanage or day care in Europe, ideally Italy. I would also do it in England. I feel like this would be the perfect time to do it after I finish my Bachelor’s before committed into an internship program and full time job.
I am so excited!!!!