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Anti-bullying Superheroes

by Marlene Seltzer, M.D., medical director of Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s No Bullying, Live Empowered (NoBLE) program

To raise bullying awareness during National Bullying Prevention Month, I worked with Beaumont Children’s Hospital child life specialists to host a special design contest for pediatric patients. The participants were instructed to design their very own anti-bullying superhero. Below are just a few of the great submissions we received. It was so inspiring and encouraging to see that a majority of these newly created superheroes were using their words rather than force to defeat their bullies.

We used this contest as a way to reinforce to these young individuals that no one ever deserves to be bullied and there is always somewhere to turn for help.


About NoBLE

NoBLE offers a network of clinical services to address the critical needs of children, adolescents, young adults, parents, caregivers and educators who have been exposed to bullying as a bully, victim or bystander/witness. Contact us at 248-898-9951 to learn
more about how we can help.

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Paws visits Beaumont Children’s Hospital

Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers President and General Manager, isn’t the only person on the team making moves these days. Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s child life specialists, along with For a Day Foundation and Ilitch Charities, surprised our patients with a special visit from – Paws!

Paws and his crew traveled to our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Garden and then visited patient rooms armed with Tigers posters, hats and other memorabilia for our little fans. Thank you to everybody involved in making this exciting day possible!

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New plush pets help reassure pediatric patients

Patients at Beaumont Children’s Hospital can rest a little easier knowing they’ll have Josh the Golden Retriever at their bedside.

Josh is a plush Golden Retriever that comes with his own easy-to-tote doghouse and a book called “I’ll Be OK.”  The book describes Josh’s adventure to getting well and is used to reassure children during their hospital stay and teach them what to expect from their health care adventure.

Ben, Andy and Ann Glime, from the Jaag Plush Toy Company based in Troy, MI, in partnership with  The Josh and Friends Project, recently donated more than 40 plush puppies, books and portable dog houses to Beaumont. Josh and Friends also partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beaumont’s Child Life Specialists and nursing staff  will make sure that Josh is given to children who need special comfort or education.

Josh

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Holidays in the Hospital

by Michelle Meschini, Certified Child Life Specialist, Beaumont Children’s Hospital

Child Life Holiday Party

With exciting festivities and brightly colored displays seemingly all over the place this time of year, spending time in the hospital can be especially difficult for many children. As a Certified Child Life Specialist here at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, my mission is to make the holidays more fun and more comfortable for our patients and their families.

One way we accomplish this is by hosting several special Child Life events. Our goal is to “de-hospitalize” the environment and help kids be kids by participating in the things they normally would be doing if they weren’t in the hospital.

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