Child Life Specialist: noun
A person who is educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction, and overall experience.1
In both healthcare and community settings, Child Life Specialists are equipped to assist infants, children, youth, and families with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss, and bereavement. They provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear, anxiety, and pain.1
We are incredibly honored and proud to work alongside Child Life to continue to improve the hospital experience for pediatric patients and their families. Many times, we get asked: “What does Child Life mean to you?”. For us, this is an easy answer. What we have learned over the years from working in pediatric facilities, that many things come back to Child Life. Their job is not easy, but it makes a profound difference in the lives of millions of children and their families around the country.