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 procedures, and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety, pain, and suffering for patients, their siblings and their families. The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the 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 counts it as a key quality indicator in hospital rankings.

 

  • Certified Child Life Specialists® are educated and trained to help your child and family better understand and cope with having an illness or injury. Their role helps to improve your child’s care and treatment, increases satisfaction and leads to a better overall healthcare experience for your entire family.
  • Certified Child Life Specialists work with everyone who is part of your child’s care team to reduce distress associated with care and treatment and create a more positive experience for your child and family. Certified Child Life Specialists® provide interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety, pain, and suffering for children, siblings and families.
  • 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.

Ask for a Certified Child Life Specialist if you and your child are:

  1. Going to the Emergency Room

  2. Referred to a Hospital (pediatric inpatient unit) by your pediatrician

  3. Referred to a Pediatric Specialty Unit (surgical, outpatient, etc) by your pediatrician

  4. Going to a Private Medical or Dental Practice (and your child expresses fear)

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