Saturday, April 18th my classmates from my Introduction to Child Life Specialty class and I volunteered at the Children’s Health Fair at Mohawk Valley Community College. This fair includes different type of healthcare organizations from around the area that come together to educate children and families. Each organization or business sets up a table with arts & crafts, games, or things that they can take away with them.
My classmates and I wanted to do something fun but also educational at our table. On one side of our table we had arts & crafts where the children could decorate a paper made stethoscope and a tongue depressor. On the other side of our table we had medical equipment and teddy bears set up. My friend Courtney Stocker and I were in charge of that side of the table and when children came up, we did a Teddy Bear Check Up with them. In all of our Psychology-Child Life classes, we learn how important it is to make sure that the children and families are being educated about what is going on. The Teddy Bear Check Up is a great way to allow the children to become familiar with the medical equipment that they will see when they are at the doctors or in the hospital.
This semester my classmates and I have also organized two Teddy Bear Clinics, one at Junior Junction Daycare and the other one at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Teddy Bear Clinics are where the children can bring in their own stuffed teddy bear or animal from home and give them a pretend check up. There are different stations set up that the children rotate through allowing them to play with different types of medical equipment. Some stations we had included height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and immunizations. I wish there was more time in the semester that my classmates and I were able to organize more clinics like these. It is really awesome how beneficial they are too the children.
I love being a Psychology-Child Life major and I love the opportunities that I am given to work with children around the area. It is an amazing learning experience to take what we are taught and able to apply it outside the classroom.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the Children’s Health Fair: