The Mary Poppins Effect

Child life specialists empower children and their families to cope and adapt through play.

By: Natalie Spindle
“We’re here to provide developmental support to children and their families to help them overcome any fear or skepticism of medical equipment or treatment,” said Plymel. “We allow kids to be kids and participate in their own healing.”
body Kathleen Plymel and her 2019 summer interns, Cameron and Katelyn, rotated in the emergency room and pediatric intensive care units based on patient needs and referrals.
cover Stacy Collins' son plays with the teddy bear that the child life specialists gave him before surgery.