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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Nikki Walls Child Life Specialist

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This month we’re celebrating our Child Life Specialists.  Meet Child Life Specialist Nikki Walls. Nikki specializes in supporting children and their families in multiple outpatient services at TMC for Children. She also teaches the Big Brother, Big Sister class – a class to help children adjust to the arrival of a new baby to their family.  How long have you been…

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WARNING: Not telling your child about an upcoming surgery can hurt

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In our recent post Teddy Bear Clinic-Demystifying Hospital we shared a few tips about how to approach an upcoming hospital visit, but when to tell your child? Can it be too soon, too late? Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist, specializes in supporting families as they prepare for and recover from surgery. She provides the following information from TMC for Children’s…

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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist

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This month we’re celebrating our Child Life Specialists. Meet Child Life Specialist Caitlin. Caitlin specializes in supporting children and their families as the children prepare and recover from surgery or stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. How long have you been in Tucson, what brought you here? I have lived in Tucson now for a little over a year…

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A Teddy Bear Clinic – Demystifying Hospital

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If you go down TMC’s halls today You’re sure of a big surprise If you go down TMC’s halls today You’d better go in disguise. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their clinic. Over the past two days, over 700 children have streamed through TMC’s hallways…

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Big Brother, Big Sister

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Our family just got bigger.  To help with the transition to being a family of four I registered our preschooler in the Big Brother, Big Sister class at Tucson Medical Center. Adjusting to the needs and joys of a newborn impacts the whole family, and amid all the excitement and craziness of a new baby in the house, older siblings can feel…

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Introducing Child Life Specialists

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We like to keep our children out of hospital; the doctor’s office is hopefully only for wellness visits, but what if? What if your child ends up having to go to hospital? How do you make their experience as pleasant as possible? In the design of our new pediatric unit we’ve used patient feedback to create a comfortable and functional…

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