Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress, and encourage patients to be active participants in their own care!
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.
Child's Play seeks to improve the lives of children in pediatric hospitals and other child welfare facilities through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play.
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at six regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report.
Kids Kicking Cancer provides free programming for children in mind-body techniques of martial arts. Our mission-to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally. Through innovative programming merging modern integrative medicine with martial arts, Kids Kicking Cancer addresses overwhelming needs of sick children. Specially-trained black-belt martial artists teach breathing, visualization, relaxation, and therapeutic martial arts to empower children and provide them with power, peace and purpose.
Fully Loaded Electronics is proud to provide gaming systems loaded with games and ready to play! We take all your patients' favorite gaming systems - Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, Apple iPad - and load with their favorite games so they are ready to play. No internet, no discs, no hassle! We offer supporting accessories like mobile carts, security cases and tethers. We customize to make sure we fit your needs and your budget.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, MA that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can't learn in a classroom.
Offer lasting keepsakes for families to honor the memory of their child in a sensitive, supportive way. Memory Box, Memento Box, Memory Journal, or Belongings Bag. Provide families with a tactile connection to their child in a hand or foot impression made in minutes using an air-dry, archive quality molding material in The Keepsake Impressions Kit. Memories Unlimited bereavement tools are designed to gently remind families of the care and comfort the staff and facility provided.
Over 100 years ago, the San Diego Zoo was founded to benefit the children of San Diego. Since then, millions of children have had the extraordinary opportunity to connect with and make new animal friends at the Zoo. Now San Diego Zoo Global has broadened its reach and provides a kid-friendly, commercial-free television channel just for children's hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide. San Diego Zoo Kids!
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.
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.
Connect-123 partners with universities to provide career-related internship; service and 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 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!
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.
ClayLinks® Kits from CaringWisdom® were created for busy child life professionals like you! Our proprietary clay formula & customized print-making tools enable you to quickly & easily set up a memory-making experience for the families you serve. ClayLinks® Clay consistently produces detailed, high-quality keepsake handprints preserving precious memories of loved ones & creating a tangible, loving “link” forever connecting them to their loved one.
Elevate your work with children by introducing yoga-based Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness. Our in-depth professional development trainings and live webinars teach creative, safe and effective methods to adapt yoga-based techniques for children of all ages in the clinical setting and beyond. Stop by to learn more about our trainings and educational webinars, and check out our line of books, cd’s and flashcards designed for parents, pediatric professionals and kids to keep toolboxes well-stocked with vital skills.
Books That Heal is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps pediatric patients battling chronic illnesses write and illustrate their very own children's books to become published authors and illustrators! Books That Heal helps children who are undergoing treatment tell their stories. We work closely with the children and their families to reflect the children's character and spirit in their books, and use the children's illustrations to bring the books to life! As soon as the books are ready to print, we host book signing events to celebrate the children and to surround them with their friends, families, and support teams. Our organization handles all costs of editing and publishing the books, coordinates the book signing events, and donates royalties of every book sold to organizations and foundations chosen by the children and their families. At Books That Heal, we help publish stories that deserve to be told. Join us in building a community of support for the children, one book at a time.
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.
More Than Play (a division of PlayAbility Toys) developed the Nurture Smart Mobile; the only crib mobile that meets infection control and other requirements of hospitals. We are dedicated to providing unique products that combine fun with sensory features that promote brain development and motivate physical activity. Our new Nurture Smart line is focused on products that will enrich the lives of children while they are in the hospital. Our first product, the Nurture Smart Crib Mobile was developed with input from Certified Child Life Specialists and is now being used in over 200 hospitals.
Beads of Courage, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and teens coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them through our Arts-in-Medicine Programs. We believe in creating a context for caring transactions to transpire through our community and encouragement programs. Since 2005, Beads of Courage, Inc. has established collaborative partnerships in caring with over 200 hospitals nationally and internationally, and worked with several community organizations to make healing happen through the use of beads as a historical art form.
At TFH Special Needs Toys, we believe Play is Powerful when developing skills necessary for happy learning and living. Unfortunately, for some with sensory challenges, there are limitations to play. We want to help you overcome these obstacles by offering our range of fun products created and curated over our 35 year history! We also offer free sensory room design and consultation.
The nation's premiere graduate school in child development, Erikson Institute is a hub of complex, creative thinking. We bring the newest scientific knowledge and theories of children's development and learning into graduate education, professional training, community programs, and policy making. Our goal: to improve the lives of children and families. We offer a master's degree in Child Development with a Child Life specialization. The program can be completed in 2 or 3 years, and includes an internship at one of the Chicago area’s top-ranked hospitals.
Regali makes memorial silver & gold charms featuring fingerprints or finger, toe, foot imprints (in the case of very small babies). Each charm is accented with a birthstone crystal, and characters are stamped onto the back. Charms can be used for all ages, from early perinatal demise to elderly patients. Turn-around time is around a week.
The 3D V-Pod sensory system has been designed to provide distraction and to lower anxiety and distress for children whilst they are having painful treatments and procedures. This highly pleasant solution offers calming relaxation and pleasurable distraction via a number of passive and interactive devices. It's available as a portable or a fixed system, ideal for treatment rooms. The 3D system has 30 tailor made software packages which provide varying levels of distraction, for children of all ages, the interactive software provides distraction, engagement, and also hand and eye coordination. The systems also can be used via additional software for Rehabilitation and exercise, and pain management using controlled breathing to help with anxiety and distress, using a pulse / heart rate feedback system.
MediKin teaching aides provide hands-on explanations of medical diagnosis and treatment procedures for pediatric patients and their families/caregivers in a non-threatening manner using adapters and overlays with actual medical equipment. They engage a child's curiosity and calm their fears plus assist with language barriers.
The mission of Sara's Smiles is to help create a warmer, more personal, more empowered experience for pediatric oncology patients. We deliver Inspiration Kits, free of charge, that are filled with a variety of items to add cheer to each day and provide a wide range of resources on our website.
Binkeez for Comfort is a Guidestar Platinum accredited 501(c)3 non-profit organization, supporting pediatric communities of babies and children struggling to survive life threatening illnesses and acute developmental disorders through handmade blankets from certified fabrics. Binkeez for Comfort honors the legacy of Executive Director Susan Posterro's mother, Lynne, who has sewn over 40,000 blankets for children in third world countries. Binkeez for Comfort's blankets were a natural extension to that spirit of giving, providing support for children here in the United States, who are not afforded the gift of health.
Medcalm is an international leader in patient engagement wellness video programming. We are the number one aggregator of the very best in relaxation/wellness/spiritual/art content and the provider of pediatric programs for relaxation: BLUE MONKEY PLANET is the first pediatric TV channel of its kind! It includes 12 on-demand programs pre-packaged for hospital networks. These programs, by best-selling authors, sound healing musicians and pediatric psychologists, help children and their families prepare for surgery, lessen their pain and support their recovery. BLUE MONKEY PLANET content is made for relaxation, healing and fun. Hospitals and families can be assured that the content is suitable and appropriate for children of all ages.
Since our founding in 1978, Southpaw has been dedicated to developing and manufacturing sensory integration dysfunction and neurodevelopmental products to help therapeutic professionals, people with special needs, their families and other professionals solve problems and overcome challenges. We are committed to offer education, insight and resources for learning about neurodevelopmental disorders and will continue to partner with therapists to provide the absolute best products based on clinical need.
Health Nuts Media specializes in understanding the barriers and facilitators of successful communication, using animation and narrative storytelling to engage, educate, and empower patients and staff alike. The human brain is a story processor – not a data processor – so we create highly entertaining teachable moments that are Seriously Fun!
We are a non-profit organization focused on providing care for children with long term illness or disability.
Help brighten the day of children with severe illness or disability.
Offer a message of Hope, Joy and Love.
Provide a connection pathway for parents facing similar circumstances.
Encourage those who are discouraged.
Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Sessions are offered year – round in Casco, Maine at beautiful Sebago Lake. There is no cost for families to attend. All meals, lodging, on-site medical support and recreational programming are provided. Travel assistance is also available and prioritized for first – time families.
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.
Medical Memories for over 10 years has been providing a resource of education medical scrapbooks.
Located in beautiful Cheney Washington, Eastern Washington University offers on-campus and online academic options in Children's Studies/Child Life & Health studies.
Phoenix Society serves burn survivors, loved ones, burn care professionals, researchers, and anyone else committed to empowering the burn community and building a safer world. We empower transformational healing by connecting thousands of survivors and professionals to the support, resources, and training they need.
Our programs and resources range from virtual support groups to a peer support program to patient and professional educational offerings to tools such as school reentry resources.
Come visit us to learn more about how our offerings and resources can:
Playtime Therapy Bed Sheets turn hospital beds
into everyday Edventures! By providing over 60 interactive fun activities for
kids to play, learn, sleep and heal on! The fitted sheet has 5 foreign languages,
interactive checkers, interactive tic tac toe, word find games and much more!
The Flat sheet has over-size game boards, memory games, and positive
affirmations. And the pillow cases encourage kids to create their own stories
based on fun images and sentences. Playtime Therapy Bed Sheets provide the
perfect solution to long term hospital stays.