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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Each team consists of a social worker, chaplain, psychologist, music therapist and child life specialist.
We have the resources to coordinate the support of families by engaging other disciplines such as the Living Legacy staff, physicians, social workers, pastoral care, sign and foreign language interpreters, ethics committees and child life specialists.
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.
In addition, the employer of each child life specialist may have its own requirements.
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.
Gorry Lead Child Life Specialist Child Life Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Bert and a team of nurses, joined by a social worker, pediatrician and child life specialist, have educated South Nassau's health care professionals about the program.
it helps to distract their mind while they're in the hospital," Jill Marie Twomey, a child life specialist at Children's Hospital, said of young patients yesterday, adding that the girls' efforts are helping hundreds of children at the hospital.
Gorry, lead child life Specialist, Child Life Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, says not every child needs to know what's going on.
Toy drives such as the one from HighRoads bring smiles, laughs, and happiness to the children receiving treatment on the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit and spread the joy of the season to each of their families," said Caroline Armington, Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Known simply as "teen group," the meetings are led by child life specialist Brenda Powell and psychologist Laura Gerak and stress fun, social activities.
The hospital also offers the services of a home health Child Life Specialist that provides continuity of care after the child leaves the hospital.

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