St. Jude gives students insight into Child Life

St. Jude gives students insight into Child Life
Posted on 12/03/2019
Article written by Crystal Uhiren, AHS Human & Social Sciences teacher.

The students in the Human and Social Science program at Arlington High School had an opportunity to attend the introductory Child Life course at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, November 17.

The Human and Social Sciences program focuses on human needs and their impact on lifespan development. Juniors and seniors in the program were able to see classroom content in action as child life specialists from multiple hospitals taught students how to use medical play, medical art, music therapy and diagnostic assessment and teaching in the hospital setting.

“My favorite part was listening to them talk about the different patients to see how they approach each situation for treatment," said AHS Student Paige Tucker.

Additionally, the students had an opportunity to meet the newest four-legged member of the child life team at St. Jude, Huckleberry. Huckleberry helps patients at St. Jude cope with treatments and procedures. Senior Lindsey Beasley said, “I enjoyed getting first-hand knowledge from the child life specialist, it gave me more of an insight into the career.”

Overall, it was an amazing opportunity for the students to get a first-hand look at the value and importance of the child life profession.