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Infant Massage – why and how

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Massage soothes and calms you, it can do the same for your baby. Touch is powerful. A tender caress on your child’s cheek before they go to school, a cuddle to comfort a crying baby, stroking a baby’s back to lull them to sleep, these touches can promote bonding, trust, communication. Massaging your baby elevates this method of communication and…

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Traveling the miles to bring the smiles – Equine Therapy from Step into TLC


“What do you think Buddy likes to eat?” George Roach asks Viah. Buddy, a miniature horse, stands at may be 3 feet high, nuzzling alongside Viah, his eyes closing as she gently strokes his forelock.  Viah is focused on Buddy seemingly barely hearing George whose soft calm voice continues to gently ask questions, share information about the horse and respond when Viah does talk. Viah smiles, these equine…

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Toy story: Tucson teens help bring smiles to pint-sized patients


To a child in the hospital a simple toy can make all the difference in their world.  It can help them cope with what’s going on, provide an appropriate distraction, and help them realize that the hospital is not an entirely scary place.  Lucy Bittner and Nikki Johnson know this first-hand.  Both spent time in the hospital when they were younger, and…

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Snapshot into Child Life Specialists Making a Difference in the Pediatric Emergency Room – Plus tips for parents


Doesn’t it always seem to be after 5pm when your kid gets sick? Or has an accident? This time, after debating the level of urgency, (will it wait until tomorrow, can your child’s needs be served in Urgent Care, or is this a case for the Emergency Department?) you end up at the Emergency Department. Whether your child is 5…

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Buzzy Bee brings Pain Relief to Pediatrics


Buzz, buzz, buzz. This little bee is a welcome sight in Pediatrics. Buzzy, a low intervention, low-cost device, is part of a larger effort to make each young patient’s experience at TMC for Children as pain-free as possible. The device provides pain relief by sending sensations down the same neural pathways taken by pain from a shot or IV placement.  Buzzy, so named for the vibration…

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What is in Melinda's Backpack?


“Dora and her backpack” is how the Child Life Specialists are lovingly referred to by some of the Ambulatory Surgery staff. And what a treasure trove of wonders that backpack and the Child Life Specialists are. Like a magician’s hat, the backpack seems almost bottomless. Melinda Rowe, Child Life Specialist, took time to share just what is in the backpack…

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Taking the Scary out of Surgery

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For a 3-year-old child, or even a 15-year-old child, surgery can be scary. The child is in an unfamiliar environment, surrounded by bright lights, people dressed in funny garb, and some impressive looking machinery which beeps and whirs. And that is before being subjected to the needles, masks and the general invasive poking and prodding that is necessitated by surgery.…

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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Jenna Teso, Child Life Specialist

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No-one wants to have to bring their child to the Emergency Department, but our doctors and staff are dedicated to making your child’s experience the best it can be. As a Child Life Specialist Jenna is a crucial member of the staff, supporting and empowering your child during their Emergency Department experience. Meet Jena.  How long have you been in…

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