Terry Spearman, CCLS,
is the manager of child life services at Children's National Health System. She has been in the field for over 30 years. In 2016 she traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a member of the Children's National team to support the launch of the book A Very Special Place
. As a joint venture between Children's National and the UAE, A Very Special Place
was created to help children understand what to expect when arriving for surgery at Children's National. The book also helped to highlight the "Year of Reading" campaign in the UAE. Terry traveled to Tawam and Al Jalia pediatric hospitals where she shared child life best practices with hospital leadership. Recently, her abstract was accepted by Children's Hospital Association. She will be presenting her session, Improving the Surgical Experience for Children with Autism
at the 2018 Quality and Safety in Children's Health Conference in San Diego, CA, March 4-9, 2018 (on Tuesday, March 6 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.). For more information about Children's National Health System and its child life program, visit: http://www.childrensnational.org
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