Trauma Training Opportunity!

Addressing Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes:  Pediatric Trauma Informed Care Symposium ADENA: PACCAR Medical Education Center Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:55a-12:30p EDT Learning Objectives: Discuss how trauma affects individuals and recognize psychological aspects Recognize how trauma may impact the lifespan of a child Implement trauma informed care within a system Sessions include:  Trauma Through a […]

“Want to see my home?”

I know I have mentioned a lot about the kiddos and their families I’ve encountered. However, I also want to be sure to share these things as well: The Shelter: the cots and the small area surrounding them became their home I remember when I was playing with one kiddo he asked me if I […]

Deploying = Out of My Comfort Zone = Best Place to Be!

Sitting here on the plane, a million thoughts run through my head. Starting with how this all came to be, to what this journey will be like. To think this all started from me responding to an email stating I’m available is crazy. I remember Children’s Disaster Services writing back stating it may be difficult […]

One Trauma Unveils Another…

A few weeks ago, my local CLDR team got our first dispatch call: a multi-family apartment fire with 2 fatalities.  We were being called to assist with a grandmother and her child with autism who both were living in the complex and evacuated at this time.  Woah…fire, death, autism…this is a big one to handle […]

Day 7: Packin’ Up and Headin’ Home

Today was our last day in the LAC. Lake Isabella, Kernville, Squirrel Valley and South Lake will forever hold a place close to my heart. These towns have such a strong sense of community and I will always be thankful for my time spent there. The LAC had so many different resources present to provide to […]

Day 6: Story Telling

I have been so fortunate to have heard so many of these children’s “stories”. Some children come running into the center and yell, “Stupid Fire!” And then immediately engage in play. Some children express minor details of the fire during dramatic play and then quickly state, “And that’s the end of that story.” While other children sit […]

Day 5: Quality vs. Quantity

This is such a common phrase used in the field of Child Life. We have been seeing significantly low numbers here in the Local Assistance Center (LAC) since setting up, however, I don’t think that has anything to say in relation to the quality of interventions provided. Almost all of the children we have seen […]

Day 3: Happy 4th of July!

We celebrated the 4th of July a little different than I usually do…(no fireworks). The children that we did see lost everything, their entire home. Their mother was present attempting to organize the final details of them transitioning to their new home. I think the photo below captures a lot more then words can explain. Patty […]

Day 2: Perspective

I can honestly say now that I have a completely different perspective on what happens when a disaster strikes. I have been trying to put into words what this first day has been like and I am having a much more challenging time than anticipated. I think all I want to say right now is […]