There are truly not enough ways to describe how extraordinary Little Wishes is and how much light and joy the program brings to our patients and families. Play is a child's language, and as a Child Life Specialist, it is an essential part of my role to promote normalcy and diversion through developmentally appropriate play opportunities to enhance a child's sense of control in an environment that can often feel threatening and unfamiliar. Little Wishes gives me the incredible opportunity to grant a child's wish to allow them to feel excited, empowered, and hopeful with their favorite things that they would normally have at home or use with their family and friends. Enhancing this sense of normalcy, control, routine, and connectivity is an essential piece to promoting positive coping and healing for our pediatric patients. Little Wishes adds an unimaginable extra layer to what I do every day, and we, at WVU Medicine Children's, are so fortunate to be part of the magic that it brings.
Rachel Lessard, Child Life Specialist
Little Wishes Coordinator
WVU Medicine Children's