Camilla Sutter, MA, CCLS
When considering how we as child life professionals, prepare patients and their families, the core factors have remained the same over the years, with a focus on sensory/sequential preparation, rehearsing of coping, and clarification of misconceptions.
There are also programs and apps that allow you to create your own digital photo album or preparation slides. ACLP has been coordinating with iGetGoing to the Hospital and Child Life Services http://igetitapps.com/app/i-get-going-to-the-hospital/, which has been specifically designed for educational use by child life specialists. If this type of format is helpful in your practice, there is also a child life blog that provides tips on how to relatively quickly make your own: http://community.childlife.org/p/bl/et/blogaid=526
If you don't have time to create a digital prep book and want something more specific than a hospital tour, what resources are out there? What can you simply facilitate into your play, rehearsal, and preparation discussion to make your preparation more digitally lively? Below are some helpful resources, along with some examples of how they can be used.
Kabali, H. I.-D. (2015). Exposure and Use of Mobile Media Devices by Young Children. Pediatrics, 2015-2151.
National Association for Education of Young Children. (2012). Technology and Young Children: Positon Statement.