What is a Child Life Specialist?
Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction, and overall experience.
Certified Child Life Specialists help infants, children, teens and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, death and bereavement. They provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear, anxiety, and pain.
Our Child Life Specialists:
- Hold a minimum of a bachelor's level degree in Child Life or a related field
- Completed a rigorous internship of at least 480 hours
- Hold national certification from the Association of Child Life Professionals
- Through all of this training, they have expertise in the special needs of hospitalized children.