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Parents are likely feeling overwhelmed right now, as they are trying to help their children navigate the many changes that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as managing their own stress and responsibilities. Further, I have to imagine that › Continue Reading

You wouldn’t know it by looking at her, but my seven-year-old daughter, Soraya, is a particularly anxious child. I say that because on the outside, she is cheerful and colorful. She wears bright-colored clothing and has the best attitude and › Continue Reading

A dog is a girl’s best friend.  At least, Chevy was Katie’s best friend for a season.  Someone who showed up when life was at its worst.  When I had not seen her smile in weeks, Chevy brought her smile › Continue Reading

Here in Cincinnati, when we think of the month of March, we think of the first day of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, the Reds’ Opening Day Parade, Spring Break, Daylight Savings Time, etc. It’s easy to overlook that it’s also › Continue Reading

This September marks my daughter’s, Gretchen’s, 20-year work anniversary at Cincinnati Children’s. It’s an exciting milestone for anyone, but it’s particularly remarkable for her. That’s because she has Down syndrome and 20 years ago it was not very common for › Continue Reading

Patients admitted for extended stays at the hospital got a taste of what summer camp is like courtesy of Child Life and Integrative Care. As part of the first year kick-off ceremony, children and families participated in karaoke, camp songs, › Continue Reading

Leica and Chevy are two dogs with a special gift: They soothe and comfort people in tough situations. The two super-pups were among 15 chosen by Milk-Bone brand dog treats after a nationwide search to uncover the four-legged heroes who › Continue Reading

Imagine yourself as a young kid again. Your parents tell you that you’re going to the doctor for a check up. Your mind starts to create scenarios of what may happen at the doctor’s office. The fear of the unknown › Continue Reading

Child Life Month is celebrated every March, honoring the caregivers who go above and beyond medicine for patients and families every day. The members of our Child Life and Integrative Care team play a significant role in both inpatient and › Continue Reading

He has only been an employee for a few months, but he has quickly become one of the most popular with patients. Chevy is a 2 year-old Golden Retriever and Black Lab mix who is a new facility dog on › Continue Reading

Chevy is the newest facility dog added to the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care. He sees patients at Cincinnati Children’s with Child Life specialist Katie Sullivan. Even before the dog gets out of the car, Chevy senses he’s › Continue Reading

The Josh Cares program exists at Cincinnati Children’s so that no critically or chronically ill child is alone when they are in the hospital. Child Life fellows provide specialized care to children whose families are not able to be at › Continue Reading

Learning that your child needs proton therapy can be overwhelming. On top of mentally processing a child’s cancer diagnosis or new course of medical treatment, the logistics can be a lot to manage. The time commitment can vary but often › Continue Reading

Some local children had Christmas early thanks to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan. They spent the holiday season giving presents to patients and their families at Cincinnati Children’s. To hear why they get involved, click on Local12.com.

A writer for Cincinnati Magazine spent a few days in the life of Cincinnati Children’s friendliest, furriest medical professional. Leica, a golden labradoodle, came to the medical center last February as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy program. To read › Continue Reading

Trick-or-treaters were out in force this Halloween, but not all children were able to participate. Fortunately, Cincinnati Children’s pulls out all the stops for kids who are hospitalized and can’t go door to door. Each year, the Child Life team › Continue Reading

In the summer of 2011, my husband and I sat in an emergency room at Cincinnati Children’s and felt the floor fall out from under us. We knew something was wrong with our son Brodie, but we never expected to › Continue Reading

Here I am, taking in my first month of college at the University of Cincinnati and all I can say is wow, what a journey it has been getting here. Everyone my age has a story of how they got › Continue Reading

About six months ago, Cincinnati Children’s welcomed two new four-legged employees to help provide physical and emotional support to patients at the medical center. Drummer and Leica are specially bred and trained to work as therapy dogs in a hospital › Continue Reading

How is Mr. Redlegs getting ready for Opening Day? By having a little April Fools’ Day fun at Cincinnati Children’s! The Cincinnati Reds mascot made short stops all over the medical center, causing mischief and leaving paper copies of his › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s added two golden retrievers to Child Life and Integrative Care as full time employees. The dogs, Drummer and Leica, provide physical and emotional support to patients as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy Program. “My vision is that › Continue Reading

You may have seen some new members of our Child Life team if you’ve visited the medical center this year – our new facility dogs! Leica (pronounced “Like-Ah”) works primarily with me and Drummer works primarily with Ashley Rivet, another Child Life › Continue Reading

Brain Schreck, music therapist II, Child Life & Integrative Care, records terminally ill patients’ heartbeats and incorporates them into songs for their families. Schreck collaborates with the family to create personal songs synced to the rhythm of the child’s heartbeat. › Continue Reading

Lego fanatic! So many kids are these days, but my son James epitomizes the title. My daughter loves them, too, but he eats, sleeps, and breathes Legos. So of course “Art of the Brick” at Cincinnati Museum Center was top › Continue Reading

David Cheung walks onto the inpatient unit in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) just before 11 on a Monday morning, carrying a bag filled with school supplies marked “Braxton.” He finds Braxton’s room, peaks through the blinds to › Continue Reading