Who are Certified Child Life Specialists?
Child Life Specialists® provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety and pain for children, adolescents and families.
Certified Child Life Specialists work in partnership with families, interdisciplinary healthcare teams and community professionals within the evolving healthcare system to meet the psychosocial, emotional and developmental needs of children and adolescents.
Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and trained in the developmental and psychological impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve outcomes, patient and family satisfaction, and ratings of their overall healthcare experience.
Certification by the Association of Child Life Professionals helps ensure a high level of competency in child life specialists to provide essential patient- and family-centered care.