What Is In a Name?

Hello everyone! It has been a very busy three weeks and I haven’t found the time or the energy to update (sorry about that). A quick update, I have been LOVING my practicum! I have learned a lot so far and I can’t wait to see where the next two and a half weeks are going to take me.

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There is always a meaning behind names and words. No matter what they are. It can be as simple as a first name or as complex as a name to a rare medical condition. Take my blog for example: Peace, Hope and Play. What is really behind the name? Is there a meaning behind why I choose this particular title for my blog? Of course there is. There is always a meaning or a reasoning behind a name…

Peace, Hope and Play comes from my love for children, but more importantly, for Child Life. Peace, Hope and Play shows my road to Child Life and what I have done to get to where I am, because let me tell you, it has not been an easy road that I have traveled down.

Peace, Hope and Play

Peace is defined as “Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” Peace in the Child Life world stands for: Giving children and families who are in a frightening situation a peace of mind when a Child Life Specialist or Child Life practicum student (that’s me!) walks into the room. Child life is there to bring not only a sense of normalcy, but also serenity to those involved with the ill child.

Hope is defined as “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” A Child Life Specialist brings hope to families and their ill children, reassuring them that everything is going to be alright.

Play is defined as “Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” A Child Life Specialist engage with children through age appropriate activities, and educate about a certain diagnosis at that given time. Play is one of a Child Life Specialist favorite words and an enjoyable activity.

  • I am hoping to do another update either on Friday or Saturday. Stay tuned and I will see you next time!
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