Upstate celebrates Child Life Month in March

Upstate celebrates Child Life Month in March

“Each interaction between a child life specialist and patient istailored to that patient’s developmental level, specific needs andclinical situation,” said Margaret Nellis, CCLS, manager of Child LifeProgram at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “The child lifespecialist is trained to assess the patient and determine the mosteffective approach and intervention.”

This year, the Child Life Program will host visits for patients fromDouble H Ranch, The Twin Magicians, Redhouse Art Program, The Zoo to Youexperience from Rosamond Gifford Zoo, characters, therapy animals andmore. The Boy Scouts will visit again this year, holding their annualPinewood Derby March 22. New this year will be a coffee house-style openmic event hosted by board certified music therapist Clare Arezina. Inaddition to all the fun, the team will also host staff wellnesssessions, helping staff to stay well while they’re caring for others.

The child life specialists at Upstate are Brielle Swerdlin, PediatricEmergency Services; Rachel Hannon, Pediatric Emergency Services; SueKarl, Inpatient Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Regina Lozito, PediatricSurgery Center; Beth Kinsley, Inpatient Pediatric Surgery; Jamie Cary,Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic; Maggie Zick, General Pediatric Inpatient; Sarah Buck, Water’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at UpstateCancer Center;  Jon Crowder, Pediatric Inpatient Hematology;  MarshaKernan, Radiology; Bridget Hussey, Pediatric Inpatient Surgery, andMargaret Nellis, manager. Creative arts therapies are provided by musictherapist Clare Arezina, MT-BC and art therapist Maria Fazzini, LCAT,ATR-BC.

Caption: Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital child lifespecialists are, back row, from left: Sue Karl, Margaret Nellis, BridgetHussey, Maggie Zick, Clare Arezina (music therapy), Jamie Cary, GinaLozito, Rachel Hannon and Elizabeth Kinsley.  Front row, from left:Sarah Buck, Maria Fazzini (art therapy), Brielle Swerdlin, Marsha Kernanand Jon Crowder.