Child Life Program

May 29, 2019

There’s No Place Like Home: How Child Life Cares for Kids Before, During and After Surgery

By Sam LaRose Sticks and stones may break bones, but Child Life is there! Did you know that falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for children? Injuries from falls may not always be serious, but sometimes they can lead to broken bones – and sometimes broken bones can mean surgery. While kids always […]

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March 28, 2019

A Day in the (Child) Life

By Kelly Lyons, Child Life supervisor You’ve probably seen them around. They’re usually wearing something purple and helping kids or providing support for families. They are our Child Life staff. It may appear as if they are just playing with kids up on the 3rd floor of Mission Hospital, but there’s a lot more going […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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November 20, 2018

Play It Safe this Holiday Season – Safe Toy Ideas and Tips for the Kids

By Heath Nettles  Toyland – a childhood’s joy land, but all may not be happy while you dwell within it. Each year, toy-related injuries account for more than 251,000 emergency department visits. And we know that the hospital is among the last places you and your little ones want to find yourselves any time – […]

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January 19, 2018

A Gift from the Heart – Creating Music with a Patient’s Own Heartbeat

For Alex Farrell, a 14-year-old leukemia patient, a special musical project brings a one-of-a-kind heartwarming treasure for herself and those who love her dearly. With the help of Asheville-based nonprofit Arts for Life, Mission Children’s Hospital patients are taking part in the creative process to produce a song using their heartbeat as a rhythmic element. […]

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January 4, 2018

Linked Program Pilot Supports Autistic Children at Asheville Surgery Center

By Lisa A. Clark, MSN, RN, PCCN There is a saying frequently heard about autism: “If you have met a person with autism, that’s all you have done is met one person.” Realizing that each autistic person having surgery at the Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) needs individualized care, a multidisciplinary team recently implemented the evidence-based […]

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