Upopolis has been connecting youth with critical and chronic illnesses for over a decade with peer support and access to reliable medical information created with them in mind. Listen along as the Upopolis Child Life share resources, research, and interviews that highlight the experiences and expertise of youth and professionals that work alongside them.
Episode 23: Transitions
It's September which usually means lots of transitions for youth and their families. Maybe it means heading back to school or starting university or college, going to an adult care facility, or preparing for a hospital stay. Yes, even the transition from summer activities and routines to fall ones.
Join Krista, the Upopolis podcast host as she talks about a few transitions that youth she knows are experiencing and gives you 10+ tips for supporting youth that you know as they head back to school, university, or something that is new to them (and you).
If you know a youth who would be interested in the upcoming U Got This! Challenge that Krista talks about at the beginning of the podcast, please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Episode 22: Interview with Tammany from Everyday Heroes Kids
In this episode, Krista interviews Tammany a mom of two boys, one who lives with ADHD and the other with profound deafness. Tammany's parenting journey led her to develop a website that helps families find the professional support they need. Over 500 professionals and organizations have set up profiles in the areas of health, mental health, and education. To learn more check out this episode and the Everyday Heroes Kids website
Episode 21: Getting Organized for School
What school will look like...who knows! What can you do to set yourself up for success and to cope with your new schedule- GET ORGANIZED! In this episode, Krista offers some tips to help you get organized and to cope with whatever your school year looks like, maybe it is from home, from the hospital, or at school. It doesn't matter where, it matters that you have a plan to cope and adjust as needed to make things be as stress-free as possible. Bonus, being organized helps you to focus, get better grades, and can reduce having adults nagging at you. Join Krista as she talks about all the things, check lists, agendas, spaces, storage, routines and reviews.
Episode 20: Guest Maggie M
Join Upopolis podcast host Krista as she interviews Maggie M, a young lady now studying respiratory therapy who spent over 10 years on Upopolis. Maggie and her friendship with another user named Katrina inspired an annual award for Upopolis users called the Upopolis Connection Award. To learn more about Maggie, their friendship and the Upopolis Connection Award listen to this latest episode. Youth can access the application for the connection award each spring using the link provided within Upopolis and the Upopolis Unews.
Episode 19: Summer Camp
Summer is upon us and Krista, Upopolis's National Program Manager sat down with Jenn Ross, Director of Operations at Brigadoon Village to talk about camp. Jenn offered some tips for parents who are preparing their children to head off to camp. Plus she shared how the team at Brigadoon Village made camp happen in 2020 and 2021. Tune in to hear all the deets!
Episode 18: 10 Tips for preparing your child for the COVID vaccine
This has been a very different year with COVID and all the restrictions. With the vaccine becoming available to youth in most places across Canada this week, the Upopolis team wanted to show their excitement by sharing some tips to help you and your child get prepared.
Krista the Upopolis podcast host is a child life specialist with over 25 years of experience preparing youth and their families for procedures. In this episode, she gives you ten tips to get prepared for the vaccine. You might notice these tips look similar to ones that Tija, the Upopolis social coordinator shares each week on Upopolis's Facebook and Instagram known as #TipTuesday. Be sure to follow Upopolis on social for all the extra value.