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NFL Draft Prospects Visit The Zone
Hospital leadership, athletes and families gathered in The Zone.
On May 8, the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and hospital leadership welcomed a large group of 2014 NFL draft prospects to The Zone. Dennis Charney (Dean of Ichan School of Medicine), Lisa Satlin (Chair of Pediatrics) and Carol Torchen (Clinical Director of Women's and Children's Services) joined in the celebration. The athletes and patients created art, played video games and starred on a live KZTV show. Groups of players also met families at bedside, bringing cheer and NFL goody bags throughout pediatrics and the rehabilitation unit.


Check out video and more photos of the fun-filled day.

KZTV Hosts CCTV Workshop       
Participants produced mini movies.
In April, the KZTV team hosted a two-day training, "Live from New York: A Workshop Intensive on Creating and Advancing Your Pediatric Hospital Channel." Seven participants from Cincinnati and St. Louis visited the studio to learn about using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) within their child life department to enhance the offerings of therapeutic play and distraction in a hospital setting. Attendees engaged in hands-on sessions culminating in the production of a live trivia show and video therapy show, highlighting work they facilitated with a teen.
 Check out some behind-the-scenes photos.
Mount Sinai Pediatric Patients Display Art at City-wide Exhibit

On May 8, thirteen Mount Sinai pediatric patients and siblings participated in

Attendees viewed a video performance.

the ArtWorks Express Yourself creative and performing arts exhibition at New York University. Art therapist and child life specialist Sarah 

Yazdian coordinated Mount

Sinai involvement in this City-wide event, providing patients and families with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their struggles and strengths as well as interact with others in similar situations. Children exhibited a variety of art, including: painting, poetry, sculpture, video and more.


See a painting by a Mount Sinai patient in a featured spotlight.
Parents and Staff Collaborate on the Family Advisory Council
Council contributed to the pediatric infection control initiative.
The Family Advisory Council (FAC) offers a formal venue for adult patients and family members to contribute to the mission of Kravis Children's Hospital.
This year, eight parents and nine staff members provided hospital administration with feedback on issues and programming, such as: food services, infection control, KZTV, security, unit transfers and the Visiting Doctor program. The Council's work in pediatric services can be seen in the: encouraging letters to parents that hang in the PICU, updated food services menu, educational materials for an infection control initiative and welcome packet given to all inpatients.
If interested in joining the Council or proposing a topic for the Council to discuss, please contact Christine Low at 212-241-7129.
Recognizing Staff Accomplishments 
Staff presented locally and nationally.
Diane Rode, Director, co-hosted an intensive in May at the Child Life Council (CLC) Annual Conference in New Orleans, "A Live Clinical Supervision Group and Facilitation Intensive for Child Life Professionals." The session taught participants the skills necessary to begin developing their own supervision groups. 
Angela Koeneker, Child Life Specialist, accepted promotion to Child Life Manager in March. In her new role, she will: develop and oversee all quality/process improvement initiatives; assist with oversight of the recruitment, selection, training, coaching and retention of staff and students; and further plan and facilitate programs fostering staff development and clinical supervision. Also in March, Angela presented "Working with Pediatric Patients: A Developmental Approach" to Bronx Veterans Affairs Nursing. She discussed positioning for comfort and other ways to support children and teens during exams.


Toshiko NonakaChild Life Specialist, delivered a poster presentation in May at the CLC Annual Conference in New Orleans, "Across Town, Across the Country! Live Peer Learning Via Conference Call: Combining the Best of Case Studies and Journal Club." Attendees learned the strengths, challenges and goals of this peer learning model. Also, Toshiko published an article "Japanese Parent's Perceptions about Children's Medical Play" in the Spring 2014 Child Life Council Bulletin.


Kelli Powell, Music Therapist, contributed a module to the Music Therapy for the Cancer Patient online continuing education course. Her presentation, "Songwriting with the iPad," describes how to conduct a songwriting music therapy intervention with cancer patients using the GarageBand application on the iPad. The intervention is outlined in a brief case study presentation.  


Luis Borges, Child Life Technology Coordinator, co-hosted an intensive in May at the CLC Annual Conference in New Orleans, "20/20: Seeing the Future of Integrating Child Life Practice and Technology with Clarity." The session introduced a variety of affordable technologies and taught participants how to practically and seamlessly integrate these into their practices.
Thomas Dooley, Creative Writing Specialist, presented on pediatric illness narratives at Columbia University in April at the Out of the Frame Symposium - Out of the Frame and Into the Gutter: Graphic Representations of Narrative, Health and Social Justice.


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New York, NY 10029

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