child life specialist


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child life specialist

a professional who specializes in the use of developmental, educational, and therapeutic interventions that help children and their families cope with challenging life events and experiences, such as those related to health care and hospitalization.

child life specialist

A health care specialist who helps children and their families cope with illnesses and injuries. Disease or injury poses unique stresses for children, their siblings, and their parents. Child life specialists help reduce these stresses and promote healthy coping skills and development through interventions that include therapeutic play, support and counseling, and patient orientation and education. In a hospital setting, child life specialists are often part of a multidisciplinary team.
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Many children's hospitals employ child life specialists who can help your child learn about a procedure using dolls or toys.
We do have a child life specialist that works with children of adult patients," Wilson says.
Katie MacDougall, CCLS, is a Renal Child Life Specialist and the Child Life Internship Coordinator, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX.
This may include access to a social worker and child life specialist, nursing education that includes attention to social and emotional aspects of the child's disease and treatment, and multiple components of family-centered care (American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Hospital Care & Institute for Family-Centered Care, 2003; www .
2] The child life specialist is an integral member of the team who is able to assess the child's behavior in the playroom and also provides emotional support to the children during procedures.
Bennett, MEd, CCLS, is Child Life Specialist II, Educator, Child Life Services, Monroe Carell, Jr.
Ask any child who has stayed overnight in the hospital who their favorite staff person is, and many will name their child life specialist.
The pediatric nephrology team for patients on hemodialysis generally is composed of the pediatric nephrologists and medical director, Administrative Programs Director, Clinical Staff Coordinator, other nurses who function as coordinators of various modalities, a social worker, dietician, counselor, child life specialist, and teacher.
in child life and is a certified child life specialist.
Avery dreams of becoming an oncology child life specialist and helping kids discover their own "can-do" spirit.
Troopers are good guys here," explains Danielle Fleckenstein, a child life specialist at the hospital.
Inspired by her work at Camp Sunshine, Theresa has decided to become a child life specialist and her dream is to work at Boston Children's Hospital.

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