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Ally McLaughlin, CCLS

Ally McLaughlin, CCLS, is a child life specialist on staff at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center.

How to make wearing a face mask fun for kids and teens

As the summer days grow warmer and children are exercising their freedom to explore and play, parents may be struggling to encourage their children to comply with guidance for wearing face masks in an effort to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19.  If that’s you, don’t worry. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, I am …

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How to help kids cope with coronavirus changes

Every child responds differently to change. How your child will react to life changes depends heavily on their age and stage of development. Helping children — toddlers and teenagers included — understand new rules, roles and regulations can be difficult, especially when parents might be experiencing their own disruption to routine due to the COVID-19 …

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