What I’m not, By Steve Slowinski
A social worker.
A “Keeper of the Toys.”
A magical “make-this-kid-not-cry” person.
Only someone to play with the kids.
I’m not superfluous.
What I am:
I am a teacher,
A helping hand,
An active listener,
A therapeutic touch,
And a child development specialist
I am an OR prep-er,
An IV teacher,
A de-coder of PICC, VCUG, MRI and NG,�
A distraction provider,
An inpatient support,
And a guide and voice for siblings�
All in the same day.
I am calm despite cancer, CAT scans, and catheters.
I am strong in the face of syncope, sickle cell, and surgery.
Kids can’t always do these things for themselves.
That’s why I’m here.
I am deliberate in all of my actions and words
Because I use the language of children
And it has power.�
I am flexible and go where I’m needed
Because children can’t always be flexible
About when they’re going to freak.
I am not here to merely play with children,�
give them toys, and distract them�
I’m a Child Life Specialist.
When kids say they can’t, I tell them they can.