Child Life is NOT…

For those who have been working toward becoming a child life specialist, you will have undoubtedly been asked the question “what is child life?” or been told “so it’s kind of like ________” after you’ve given a description. Well I am here to lay down some clarifications for those who are unsure of what exactly it is […]

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CLC no longer – Welcome, ACLP!!

I noticed this afternoon that the Child Life Council (CLC) has launched its new and very anticipated website!! I am excited to explore and navigate the new Association for Child Life Professionals website. I will be updating my resources links accordingly so please have patience! Be sure to check out the new site layout and enjoy the […]

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Meanwhile…

Hello everyone! I am sorry I have been so missing in action the last few weeks. As we know the holidays are crazy busy for everyone, so unfortunately my blog has been left a little neglected…but I am here to provide an update! In case I forgot to mention, I am nannying for two 13-month old girls, […]

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Status: Certified

For those of you that have been sitting anxiously at the edge of your seats to find out whether or not I passed the professional exam yesterday – the wait is over and…. …. …. …. as you probably already guessed from the title… …. I PASSED! I, Alexandria Friesen, am officially a Certified Child Life Specialist.  […]

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2 days

I have spent the last several weeks reading and re-reading all of my child life textbooks, notes, and lectures in preparation for the child life professional certification exam. As I have mentioned in many posts, I wanted the purpose of this blog to be honesty about my journey to becoming an employed, certified child life […]

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Story time 

I’m taking a brief pause from studying to share a quick anecdote. I was in the middle of re-reading the Guidelines for Development of Child Life Programs when I came across this line; “Children who are fearful may need professional support to enter the [playroom]”  Isn’t that strange?  How can a child be fearful of […]

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Turn the Page

Monday October 31st…this week marks the first week of a new and very exciting chapter that I am happily accepting with open arms. This weekend has been crazy, and the build up to this week has all finally hit. I don’t know about you, but I used to be absolutely terrified of change, or anything straying even remotely […]

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5 Days

Another Sunday evening has approached which means I am getting ready to head in to another week of interning. Preparation plays an enormous component in the work we do in child life, so it’s been engrained in me to prepare (to the best of my ability) beforehand. What does this preparation look like? Well, I […]

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Let Them Be Little

Yesterday I watched the new ad campaign released by Sick Kids here in Toronto. I watched it three times. The first two times I watched it I had goosebumps and felt a ton of emotions, the third time I watched it, I cried. Hospitalization can be so intensely scary – for anyone – but as a child, it […]

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How to Have a Purpose

First of all, hi! It has been quite some time since my last post and for that I am very sorry! Needless to say I have been crazy busy and adjusting to my new city, house, and schedule has kept me on my toes. BUT I think I am finally starting to (somewhat) get the […]

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