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WHAT DO CHILD LIFE SPECIALISTS IN HOSPITALS DO?

*Work to minimize fears and stress experienced by children, adolescents, and their families regarding healthcare experiences.

*Support the patient’s emotional, social, and cognitive growth in the context of his/her family, culture and developmental stage.

*Implement a wide range of recreational events and activities.

*Support patients and families to continue everyday living experiences as much as possible.

*Strive to enhance patient’s understanding of medical procedures and diagnoses using age appropriate techniques.

*Provide age-appropriate and safe play environments.

*Provide bereavement support for patients and their families.

A Child Life Specialist has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Child and Family Studies, or related fields such as Psychology and Early Childhood Education.  For further information in regards to pursuing a career in Child Life and achieving certification in the field go to the Child Life Council Inc., at www.childlife.org.