Shadow’s Edge is the first-ever FREE mobile game to build resilience in teens with serious medical conditions. A safe place to learn to communicate thoughts and feelings. The game guides young patients through their emotional journey, helps them tap into, and build, their inner strength and redefine who they are. Visit us at shadowsedge.com
Wunderworks of America proudly develops and manufactures transportation products for children receiving care in hospitals and healthcare environments. The Wunderwagon® pediatric wagon, offered in 14 whimsical animal and vehicle shapes, allows pediatric patients to be transported safely and is sure to bring smiles to children and adults alike. The Wunderwagon® can be customized with engraved text and artwork. We invite you to explore our websites at wunderworksusa.com to learn more.
No one wants to be in the hospital, especially kids. It’s stressful, scary, and isolating for them, their families and their caregivers. For hospitalized children, a little fun makes a big impact! Holiday Heroes hospital parties and play take a child’s mind away from the pain, anxiety and stresses of being hospitalized; encouraging healthy social development and better recovery from illness. We need the input from a Child Life Specialist and would love to meet each of you - be sure to stop by our booth for some Holiday Heroes swag!
Kidzpace is a global supplier of free play, interactive, electronic entertainment and has built a reputation for outstanding service.
A pioneer in the industry Kidzpace is also a leader, constantly developing new and innovative products. The knowledge and expertise gained from many years of experience makes Kidzpace the number one entertainment system provider to any business that needs to entertain customers.
For 34 years, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving more than 400,000 children annually, our programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also helping pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients.
enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child–regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity that empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive.
Little Wishes™ helps seriously ill hospitalized children wish for something that will fill their heart and brighten their darkest days. These wishes provide joy and ease discomfort of long hospitalizations. All wishes are granted in the hospital and delivered with fanfare by hospital staff and build a supportive community. What makes Little Wishes™ program unique? A qualified child may make another wish 14 days after receiving their first little wish, and every 14 days thereafter! Visit us at littlewishes.org
Founded by the originators of this profession, Healthy Humor, Inc. is an international leader in the field of healthcare clowning and the largest such organization in the United States. Our experienced and professional performers, working in teams of two, partner with Child Life Specialists in fifteen hospitals across the country, including La Rabida Hospital here in Chicago, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Children's National Medical Center. Our Red Nose Docs create moments of joy, wonder, laughter and comfort for hospitalized children and their circle of caregivers. Using an array of circus and theater skills, they engage in spontaneous, joyful encounters tailored to the needs of each hospitalized child. Visiting all parts of the hospital, the Red Nose Docs help ease the stress of serious illness by reintroducing laughter, play and fun as natural parts of life. Come check out our booth (#119), meet our Red Nose Docs and see for yourself how the magic of what we do can transform your hospital! healthyhumorinc.org
CaringBridge is a nonprofit that provides free websites to build bridges of care and communication providing love and support on a health journey. Sites are protected and secure, designed to ease the burdens of communicating, and instantly rally a patient’s support network. No one should go through a health journey alone…encourage patients & caregivers to start a site today. www.CaringBridge.org
AppliedVR designs and distributes therapeutic VR content to healthcare providers. Based on 40 years of proven academic research, we transform the patient experience and create better outcomes. Initially, we focus on reducing pain and anxiety before, during and after procedures. Part of Techstars healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai.
Come play yoga! We offer professional development workshops (in-person or via video conference) teaching creative and effective methods to adapt yoga, meditation and mindfulness for children of all ages, in the clinical setting and beyond. Stop by and learn how YOU can bring yoga to your hospital and patients via yoga-based play and check out our line of books, cd’s and flashcards designed for parents, pediatric professionals and kids!
Healing Nectar Arts offers resources such as the Compassionate Self-Care Cards and Posters designed to offer a gateway for people to explore and share their experiences and emotions while building connections of trust and safety for healthier life skills, coping skills and relationships one person at a time. the cards include positive affirmations and open -ended questions to promote healthy mental and emotional self-care.
The CARES Framework creates opportunities for: Choices and connections, Awareness, Relevance and Reflection, Experience and Empowerment and Self-story.
This resource for children, young adults, and families is adaptive to a multitude of setting and professional fields and can be used by therapists, educators, child life specialists and parents for a variety of purposes. The ACLP has accepted this resource into their Library Resource Center. Visit www.healingnectararts.com and Facebook page @healingnectararts
Luke’s Fastbreaks is a nonprofit organization that provides colorful medical shirts to replace the hospital gowns and promote normalization for pediatric patients. Visit us at lukesfastbreaks.org.
KindVR creates custom virtual reality therapies to help patients lower their pain and stress due to medical procedures and conditions. We are a research-based company, partnering with leading US and Canadian pediatric hospitals. Our goal is to make it easy for hospitals to provide clinically validated virtual reality therapy to every patient in need.
Dec My Room is all about “Creating A Healing Place” for long term pediatric and young adult patients. Volunteers shop and then decorate a room, with knowledge of the likes and interest of each individual patient. The goal is to change a dull hospital room into a cozier, more personalized hospital room that is filled with things that the patient will find comforting during their stay. This unique and innovative charity was founded by Susan Plank and her daughter Kendall at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston in August 2007. Since then, Dec My Room has grown to over 25 hospitals in 13 cities around the country.
Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families.
The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more.
The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation provides strength and support for hospitalized teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by creating one-of-a-kind "Victorious 4 Teens" programs that include Alicia's Art Cart, Teen Lounges, Teen Kits, Proms, social events, and activities. Through the "Victorious 4 Teens" programs, we are dedicated to encourage and empower hospitalized teens and young adults exclusively to meet the psycho-social needs and to maintain a sense of normalcy and connection with their family, friends, and lifestyle.
Southeastern Louisiana University offers a 100% online Master of Science degree in Child Life which focuses on a more rigorous study of Child Life theory and application as well as research, program administration, and leadership skills. There are two options: accelerated and traditional. The accelerated option (36 hours) is for professionals and students who have already completed both the practicum and internship. The traditional option (51 hours) includes the practicum and internship experiences. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit southeastern.edu
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Xperience, Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Get involved at starlight.org.
Connect-123 partners with universities to provide career-related internship, service learning and practicum programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, Shanghai and Sydney. Since 2008, we have run Child Life programs in South Africa and, more recently, we have developed a 4-week Child Life Practicum in Cape Town, which follows ACLP guidelines. The program, which is led by Sharon McLeod, a past president of the ACLP, is one of the few international practicum experiences available to Child Life students and, this year, was a finalist for the GoAbroad Innovation Awards. Please come talk with us or get in touch to learn more! www.connect-123.com
The Melodic Caring Project (MCP) is a Seattle based 501(c)3 Non-Profit with the mission of supporting and encouraging hospitalized kids battling serious illness. We do this by filming live concerts and streaming them, live, to kids in their hospital beds. The kids become the rockSTARS. During the concerts the artists to call the kids out by name and dedicate songs to them making it a truly unique, powerful and personal experience for the kids, their families, the artist and the audience at the show. Visit us at melodiccaring.org
We fulfill our mission by CONNECTING with families, bringing AWARENESS to their stories, offering them a network of helpful RESOURCES and sending the entire family continual doses of ENCOURAGEMENT throughout their journey.
Galen is a recognized Specialty Pharmaceutical Company marketing products throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US in therapy areas such as gastroenterology, psychiatry, female health and pain management. By combining innovation in product development with competitive pricing, Galen aims to work in partnership with healthcare professionals and patients to create real, long-term value, a major factor in the company's success to date. galen-pharma.com
Mobile Aquatic Therapy (MAT) was designed and is implemented by Chicago based aquatic systems company, Something Fishy Inc. MAT is an all-inclusive program which provide patients within hospital settings a way to enjoy and benefit from a state-of-the-art hospital grade mobile aquarium which can travel to anywhere it is needed most.
Our mission at Something Fishy is to offer more than just an aquatic system for our clients - but an experience through our unique designs, therapeutic components, and educational content. We focus on building a strong relationship with clients so we can achieve aquatic systems which leave long lasting impressions.