Winter 2017 Bulletin

ACLP Bulletin

Winter 2017 | VOL. 35 NO.1


In This Issue


 Professional Credibility: Building upon the Past with an Eye Toward the Future
  3 Change, Renewal, and Continued Growth
  4 H is for Hypnotherapy: Swinging the Pendulum toward Pediatrics
  8 Where the Spirit Meets the Bone: The Role of Child Life Specialists in Troubling Times
10 Point/Counterpoint: Challenging Negative Perspectives on Papoose Utilization and Negative Outcomes as a Result of Improper Papoose Utilization
21 Grief Camp: A Reflection of My First Experience Working with Bereaved Children
23 EBP, One Step at a Time
25 Book Review: The Pips of Child Life
27 Engagement in the Association of Child Life Professionals: Voice - Community - Impact

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14 Participatory Learning: Asthma Camp as a Learning Space for Patients and Health Care Providers

Michael Campbell, PhD, LCSW
Saint Leo University, FL

Linda M. Gibson-Young, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, AE-C, FAANP
Auburn University, AL

Melody Wallace, CCLS
Nemours Children's Hospital, FL

Health care-focused summer camps are an effective way for patients and their health care team to learn and reinforce health education (Clark & Nwokah, 2011). The literature on health education is clear that participatory learning cements not only knowledge, but also health behavior change (Beets, Tilley, Weaver, Turner-McGrievy, & Moore, 2014). Health education is a core practice for all health disciplines in influencing health behavior change and is an especially important tool for nurses and respiratory therapists in the care of patients coping with asthma (Homer, Brown, Brown, & Rew, 2015; Turner & Fralic, 2009). In partnering with allied health professionals, child life specialists can bring interactive learning strategies to health education to improve outcomes in children (American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Hospital Care & Child Life Council, 2014). 

This study explores the impact of an educational intervention for children with asthma, implemented in a summer camp that uses developmentally appropriate methods adapted by a child life specialist for engaging a cohort of children 6 to 12 years of age with diagnosed asthma. The study focused on school-aged children in order to take advantage of the knowledge that this age group is highly influenced by developmentally tailored education. This study focuses on specific tools used to bridge the developmental learning styles for children and how these tools played a role in key outcomes for the participants with asthma.

Winter 2017 Bulletin (Child Life Focus)

Child Life Focus Articles

Each issue of the ACLP Bulletin (through Fall 2019) featured a Child Life Focus article, peer-reviewed in-depth research. These articles are available here.

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