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What is a Certified Child Life Specialist?

Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) play a critical role in supporting child health and wellness, leveraging expertise in helping children and their families cope with stressful experiences in a variety of settings. They provide preparation, education, distraction, play, and coping tools, among many other benefits, to children and their families.

Prioritizing the coping and developmental needs of children and families, CCLSs promote and protect emotional safety in times of duress. This minimizes both the immediate and long-term effects of stress, anxiety, and psychosocial trauma, ultimately empowering children, families, and their support systems.

“Child life services are associated with improved quality, outcomes, and patient and family experiences as well as decreased costs in pediatric care.”

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement

Value Drivers of a Certified Child Life Specialist

CCLSs significantly reduce the financial, developmental, and psychological costs associated with stress, pain, and anxiety that can persist far beyond initial healthcare encounters.

Services Provided by Certified Child Life Specialists

CCLSs provide preparation, education, distraction, play, and coping tools, among many other benefits, to children and their families. 

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Research Supporting Child Life

Read the latest research supporting child life services

Child Life in Action

Read stories of child life specialists in action in various work settings.

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