The following letter from the Association of Child Life Professionals’ interim Executive Director is intended for your hospital administrator and/or department head. It includes expressions of gratitude for the support of child life services and information about how healthcare leaders can celebrate Child Life Month.
If you would like to have this letter sent by email or mailed directly from ACLP, please submit a request.
ACLP will honor requests for emails and letters for up to three separate contacts per member. This service is available to members through Monday, March 21, 2017. Letter and email requests received by March 3, 2017 will be sent on March 10, 2017.
Request a letter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and addresses of the hospital administrators, department heads, or other healthcare professionals to whom you would like the letter sent.
A Letter from ACLP's Interim Executive Director
Dear [Health Care Administrator or Department Head],
Coping with illness, injury and treatment is often challenging and stressful for children, adolescents and their families.
Certified Child Life Specialists provide therapeutic play, preparation for procedure, and education that reduce fear, anxiety, pain, and suffering for both patients and their families. Studies show these child life services result in cost savings including reduced length of stay, decreased sedation needs, improved family satisfaction, and ratings of overall experience.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the important role of the Certified Child Life Specialist, and U.S. News & World Report has recognized that expertise in child life is a vital variable in the success of pediatric care and a key quality indicator in hospital rankings.
During the month of March, child life programs across the world take the opportunity to educate healthcare colleagues and the public about the important role Certified Child Life Specialists play on the healthcare team.
This annual observance is an excellent occasion to express appreciation to your child life staff and to make your local community aware of child life services.
Child Life Month is also an ideal time to promote professional excellence. The Association of Child Life Professionals supports professional development and continuing education for Certified Child Life Specialists by offering educational webinars, electronic publications showcasing the latest child life news and research, and online forums to facilitate the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices among our more than 5,500 members.
We thank you for your continued support of Certified Child Life Specialists and for taking the time during Child Life Month to celebrate their role in helping to improve outcomes, patient and family satisfaction, and ratings of overall healthcare experience.
Jen Lipsey, MA
Interim Executive Director