The Power of The Magic Glove
Pain is an unpleasant sensory experience, that in children can cause acute and chronic distress, including specific phobias such as needle phobia. Use of play, distraction, and non-pharmacological methods can reduce this acute distress and lessen the chance of on-going trauma.
Andrea is an experienced Child Life Educator and Certified Child Life Specialist, and I am an advocate, educator, practitioner, trainer, mentor, volunteer, and consultant.
She works extensively to promote and support the rights and needs of ill children and their families and has helped to introduce sustainable child and family-friendly healthcare practices globally.
Andrea enjoys working with children and families in the acute and chronic settings across many settings including oncology, haematology, pediatric intensive care, emergency department, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, acute dialysis, and outpatient dialysis.
She is a keynote speaker and workshop presenter discussing her passion to implement sustainable practices that make healthcare more child and family-friendly. Andrea has had the pleasure of volunteering on medical missions in South America, The Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Samuel Golter said, “There is no profit in curing the body if in the process we destroy the soul” and Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” It is where those two quotes intersect that you will find Andrea’s work, hopes, and dreams.