Meet Ariana Lorenzo, the Child Life Specialist at Kendall Regional Medical Center

(happy, fun music) – Hello all! My name is Ariana Lorenzo and
I am the Child Life Specialist here at Kendall Regional Medical Center. As a Child Life Specialist, I
am a healthcare professional that helps children
and their families cope through the challenges of hospitalization, disability, and illness. Believe it or not, I was a
soccer player my entire life, even got a full ride to play
at St. Thomas University. I started volunteering at a
local children’s hospital, and it was through that that
I found out about child life. Every day is so different from the next, you never know what you’re gonna expect, you never know what family,
what child, you’re gonna meet. I’m here to educate them, make sure that they know they can
still be a kid, and play. There’s different types
of play that we do, depending on the situation, and what the child is
gonna be experiencing. We try to reduce their
stress and anxiety levels, and I’m just here as a
whole to support the family. It’s so rewarding to be
able to be there for them at one of the toughest times in life. It’s a huge blessing to be able to be a part of this
hospital and to be able to do something that you love every day. These kids have made more
of a difference in my life than I could ever make in theirs.

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