Nurses, Patients, parents, a NFL Player and even a pooch help celebrate and spread awareness for Child Life Month with a little help from Taylor Swift and her hit song “Shake It Off.”
The video shows countless smiling faces moving to the beat, showing off their moves, and shaking off their worries. The video was created by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, fabulous Child Life team, made up of Child Life Specialists, Child Activity Coordinators, Music and Art Therapists, teachers and dedicated volunteers (who I once called my second family).
Look closely and you will see NFL Player, and Camden, New Jersey native Devon Still and his daughter Leah even make an appearance around the 1:20 mark, as Leah received her cancer treatments at CHOP.
The hospital released an adorable video of its young patients, staffers and one notable athlete lip-syncing and dancing to the hit Taylor Swift song. Their touching tribute has already garnered more than 237,903 views since it was posted on YouTube on Thursday.
The Child Life team is part of the The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy department. The department uses education, preparation, and supportive activities to help lessen stress, and assist children and their families cope and adjust with their experience at the hospital. Child life specialists work to make the experience more fun for children, but also really help with the hard stuff. They giving children new ways to express themselves when it’s hard for them to find the words to talk about how they’re feeling, like art, music and more. Almost all of the supplies and tools used by child life specialists are provided by generous donors, or philanthropic support.
To help give smiles to children at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, visit giftofchildhood.org.