Kiwanians – Therapy Dolls – Preemie Caps — Child Life Specialists

What do these four things have in common? LOVE! There is the love of serving, which Kiwanis shows us. There is the love in the hands that cut patterns, sew and stuff these unique therapy dolls with their different colors, fabrics and attitudes, as well as the hands that tenderly crocheted the tiny preemie caps. The Child Life Specialists exuded love in all they do for children. The Kiwanis Club of Pearl Harbor met two dedicated women, as guest speakers at our June meeting.

Angel Juan has worked within the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region for the last seven years as a Certified Child Life Specialist. She coordinates a one-person Child Life Services program in the inpatient pediatrics setting as well as the outpatient setting. Her role is to provide psychosocial assessment and developmental interventions during hospitalizations for infants, children and adolescents. She provides developmentally appropriate medical and therapeutic play through educational in preparation to help reduce anxiety and pain for hospitalized patients. She also conducts new sibling hospital tours in the labor and delivery and mother/baby department. Juan serves as representative to thee cleft palate clinic and palliative care team.
Tatiana Aguilar is an intern in Angel’s department. Tia is a student at UH School of Medicine and is working toward her doctorate in pediatric medicine. – Carol Smith, Past Region 18 Trustee

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