Resources for Child Life Specialists

ACLP offers a variety of resources to support research, program development, and evidence-based practice within the child life community. 
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COVID-19 Resources

To support child life specialists, allied healthcare workers, educators, and families, the child life community has curated a list of almost 100 COVID-19 resource including activities, reading materials, handouts, videos, articles, and more. 

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Child Life Mindfulness

This mindfulness page has been curated with intention for child life students and professionals.

It shares the simplicities and benefits of active awareness, and provides tools for use in your everyday life.

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Child Life Professional Data Center

The Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC) is a tool to help child life programs track and compare programmatic and capacity for patient impact data with others. The CLPDC tracks both annual and quarterly data on child life programs. All data will be entered and housed in a robust platform that allows users to compare data and run reports.

Thank you to the Walt Disney Foundation for their generous support of the CLPDC.

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Research Resources

There resources include opportunities for child life students and professionals interested in pursuing research and contributing to child life's emerging field of inquiry.

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Child Life Resource Library

The ACLP Resource Library is a constantly evolving collection of resources relevant to child life. Comprised of hundreds of helpful websites, references, and samples, the Resource Library is designed to enhance your child life knowledge and is searchable by topic, diagnosis, and age group.

The ACLP Resource Library is a benefit of ACLP membership. For more information about becoming a member and other member benefits, visit the Membership page.

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ACLP Archives

The Archives Committee maintains a collection of documents, publications, photos, video footage and other materials related to the history of ACLP and the child life profession.

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Child Life Marketplace

The Child Life Marketplace is a great resource for child life specialists to discover programs, products, and services that have been developed to help them thrive in their careers and serve patients and families.

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Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP)

The Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP) is a validated screening tool, developed by a team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. PRAP was designed to assess pediatric patients’ risk for experiencing elevated distress during health care encounters, and includes a database that stores, organizes, and analyzes psychosocial data.

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Child Life Program Review Service

These reviews have provided child life programs with onsite review and valuable child life expert opinion to assess overall program strengths and opportunities for improvement, validate child life as an essential component of quality care, advocate for additional resources, and provide direction for future program development.

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