child life specialist


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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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Rode (1995) describes art therapists, child life specialists, and other psychosocial professionals who facilitate creative expression with ill children as "translators of experience" (p.
I met a child life specialist at camp and watched how she interacted with the kids.
These individuals included doctors, nurses, support staff, chaplains, child life specialists, and MedFTs as members of a collaborative team treating children with cancer and their families.
Katie MacDougall, CCLS, is a Renal Child Life Specialist and the Child Life Internship Coordinator, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX.
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.
As many of our patients with intractable seizures are developmentally disabled and do not always function in an age appropriate fashion, we are able to individualize their activities and provide services appropriate for their developmental stage rather than their chronological age.[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.
"What often happens when children are diagnosed with cancer is that they are isolated by the disease and its treatment," explains Cheryl Linerode, a child life specialist at the hospital.
The diagnostic imaging center contains MRI, X-ray, radio flouroscopy, two ultrasound rooms, outpatient blood draw lab, and space for a child life specialist. The adjacent build-out has a separate exterior storefront entry for a 5,000-square-foot pediatric practice and after-hours clinic, a physical therapy center equipped with hydrotherapy, and a pediatric orthopedic specialty practice.
He will probably never fully understand what a huge lift he gave to these kids today, and how it will positively impact them over the long term," Ana Vega, Child Life specialist, is (http://www.wetreatkidsbetter.org/2013/08/robert-pattinson-does-arts-and-crafts-with-kids/) quoted on the hospital's website as saying.
For many, though, "child life specialist" is a foreign title.
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.
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 .familycenteredcare.org), including family resource libraries, parent consultants, and patient and family advisory groups.
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