Live. Learn. & Play: An Arkansas Children's Podcast

Live. Learn. & Play: An Arkansas Children's Podcast

Welcome to the Live. Learn. and Play Podcast. A podcast about the people, places, and programs of Arkansas Children's. Our mission at Arkansas Children's is to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. Throughout these podcasts we will hear the emotional stories of hope, hardship, and healing from the patients and families of Arkansas Children's. We will be releasing new stories from our families once a month so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

Episodes

April 21, 2021 36 min

It's Volunteer Week and at Arkansas Children's we know how important our volunteers are in helping kids be better today and healthier tomorrow. In this episode we sit down with Fant and Carol, two of our longest serving volunteers at Arkansas Children's, to discuss their passion for volunteering, the impact COVID-19 had, and the special calling that volunteers feel, especially at a childrens hospital.

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Organ Donation save lives. In this episode of the Live, Learn and Play podcast we sit down with Elementary School teacher and Jacob's Mom, Holly Trucks. Holly shares Jacob's story, from having kidney disease at birth, his journey with Arkansas Children's, and flourishing in life as an ever growing and curious kid; all made possible by the unbelievable sacrifice and donation from his most loving supporter, his Mom.

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The power of play can help heal a child. In this episode of the pod we talk with Brianna Shannon and Sarah Frantz, two child life specialists at Arkansas Children's, about the importance of being a child life specialist,  normalization in the hospital, discuss coping methods, and explore all the facets of the Child Life Department!

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February 26, 2021 14 min

"They always said I had a 99% chance of dying, so to give life 110% chance now" says our next guest on the Live, Learn and Play podcast. For our special heart month episode, teenager Camden Tucker sits down to discuss her multiple heart surgeries at Arkansas Children's, the special care her and her family have received, and how she is using art to give back to children who need it most. 

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February 1, 2021 27 min

How are you guys doing? What are you doing to handle the stresses of the pandemic and how are you talking your kids? We know that there has been a intense focus on the mental health of kids, parents, patients, and healthcare workers during the last year.  In this episode of the Live Learn & Play podcast we sit down with Social Worker and Program Director of Good Mourning at Arkansas Children's, Greg Adams, to discuss mental...

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January 6, 2021 21 min

Masks, Social Distancing, COVID-19.  The year that was 2020.  Patients and families taking ever precaution to keep themselves and their kiddos safe.  Healthcare workers, nurses, and doctors putting themselves on the front line and sacrificing their own health for those in their care.  On today's Live, Learn and Play podcast we talk with nurse superhero Amanda Andrews.  You may remember Amanda from our Instagram story featuring ...

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December 22, 2020 30 min

The holidays are a joyous time of year. There's always a lot of anticipation. Getting or giving the right gift, cooking, shopping, etc.  You're opening presents, you're spending time with family, you're putting ornaments on the tree while White Christmas plays through your cozy home. But for the McFerron family and their little daughter Genevieve, the anticipation wasn't a present wrapped under a tree, it was wa...

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November 30, 2020 24 min

In life, taking the first steps can be the hardest, but with love and support from people like our next guest, putting one foot in front of the other becomes a mission.  On today's episode of the Live, Learn and Play Podcast, we sit down with Carrie Andrews, Jayden's Mom, to discuss his adoption, challenges and successes, and the strength from being in a wheelchair all day to walking and talking a mile a minute.  

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September 30, 2020 20 min

Proton Therapy, Targeted Therapy, and innovations in Pediatric Cancer! September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month so join us on LL&P as we sit down with Dr. Joanna Mack of Hematology/Oncology at Arkansas Children's to discuss exciting and emerging tech and ways to support the brave kids fighting and beating cancer!

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September 1, 2020 23 min

Going back to school, especially during a pandemic is stressful for kids and parents. We talk with Marisha DiCarlo, VP of Community Engagement,Advocacy, Health and Hope Mullins, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's about ways to keep your kids safe when going back to school. We cover physical safety with COVID-19 and school transportation, mental health and signs that your child may be struggling, as ...

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July 13, 2020 18 min

Going into a 20 week ultrasound can be exciting, scary, and everything in between. But imagine hearing the news that your unborn child has something wrong with his spine, and that something is Spina Bifida.  On this episode of the Live, Learn, and Play Podcast, we sit down with Arkansas Children's Ambassador Evan Lee and his Mom Amanda as they recount stories from Evan's diagnosis, his ambassadorship at Arkansas Children...

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Here at Arkansas Children's we know that one size definitely doesn't fit all when it comes to your child, which is why the Pediatric Sedation Team is so dedicated to providing right sized care in a safe and compassionate way. On this episode of the Live, Learn, and Play Podcast, we talk to Dana Thomas, RN III on the Pediatric Sedation team as she describes the Pediatric Sedation program at Arkansas Children's Hospital a...

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April 10, 2020 30 min

What are the psychological effects on children during the COVID-19 outbreak? We sit down with Dr. Karen Farst, Medical Director for Children at Risk, and Dr. Nicholas Long, pediatric psychologist at Arkansas Children's to discuss how to best handle the mental and physical stresses for you and your children during this unprecedented time. We also discussed the potential for an increase in child abuse cases in the state due to fa...

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March 20, 2020 10 min

Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Rebecca Cantu joins the podcast to discuss COVID-19, where it started, how it spreads and ways to keep you and your family safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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February 28, 2020 28 min

When we think of comic books, we think of the typical things.  Soaring through the air, the capes, the symbols, beating the bad guy.  You know, superhero stuff.  But for the kids at Arkansas Children's their superpowers are even more page turning and for some cardiac patients the symbol on their chest makes them a superhero come to life.  On this episode on the Live Learn and Play Podcast we talk with Adam Cherepski, Alex's...

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January 30, 2020 35 min

Type 1...Type 2.  One of the first things that comes to mind after hearing these words is Diabetes and the complications that come with it.  Faithful, loyal, funny, witty. A true family hero.  The first things that come to mind when describing Finley Kate, a precious 8 year old with Type 1 Diabetes.  On this episode of the Live, Learn and Play podcast Finley Cate's mom, Heather Patterson, joins us to discuss Finley Kate's j...

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December 30, 2019 25 min

To protect and serve.  A police officer's creed.  But what happens when a devastating diagnosis attempts to take away a father and policeman's ability to protect  the most important thing, his son's health.  On today's episode we talk to Steve Chamness, a North Little Rock Police Officer to discuss the medical journey of his son Zach who was diagnosed as a young boy with a stage four brain tumor.  

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November 26, 2019 28 min

We all make lists. Grocery lists, lists of goals, and just regular to do lists.  But for some people a list can actually save a life.  On today's episode of the Live. Learn. & Play podcast we talk with Ruby Peeler's Mom, Betsy, about her daughter's story and about a list she never expected to be on. 

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October 31, 2019 31 min

A discussion with Parent Partner Jodie McGinley about the power of patient centered care, the importance of Family Advisory Boards at Arkansas Children's, and her own testimonial about her and her family's journey from heartbreak to giving back.

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September 26, 2019 20 min

Teenage cancer survivor Alex Hinerman joins us on this episode to talk about the difficulty in getting diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, the battles with cancer and treatment, and the special memories of her time at Arkansas Children's.  

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