The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings

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While the genesis of the Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) is in the healthcare setting, the theory and practice of child life have been successfully applied to environments outside of the healthcare field. The interest and pursuit of child life roles in non-healthcare settings have increasingly become of interest to students and professionals; however, further study is required to understand the various challenges and opportunities.

The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings serves as an innovative guide for those interested in pursuing child life in diverse settings with the education and credentials received through their child life certification and addresses issues the field currently faces related to saturation of the field, burn out, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The book also serves as a catalyst to push the profession as a whole beyond its current healthcare boundaries. Covering topics such as grief, addiction, disaster relief, and family well-being, this major reference work is ideal for psychologists, medical professionals, nurses, policymakers, government officials, researchers, scholars, academicians, practitioners, instructors, and students.

I’m honored to have contributed to Chapter 16 of this book, which covers private practice. My co-author, Dr. Korie Leigh, and I put our heart and soul into this.

Many seasoned child life specialists begin to think about expanding their role to serve different pediatric populations and/or settings. This chapter will focus on child life specialists building and sustaining a private practice within the community. Topics will include the need for service, executing a business plan, building community partnerships, and staying within the ethical and professional boundaries of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Additionally, case studies that describe assessments, preparation, developmental explanations, interventions, expressive arts, and play are included. Examples of business documents to help guide child life specialists interested in starting a private practice within their community are also included.

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Caroline’s Infusion Day: Spotlight and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to feature another amazing author with a fantastic children’s book., Caroline’s Infusion Day  This book has now become my new go-to resource to support young children coping with a chronic illness that is treated with infusions. Learn more about the book and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy.

Guest Blogger, Kelly Brennan, Author of Caroline’s Infusion Day 

About the book:

Sweet Caroline has to get infusions to stay healthy. At first, getting her infusions seemed really scary, but Caroline teaches us that maybe they’re not so bad! Caroline takes you through the process of her treatment day, from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to bed. Witness her feelings as the IV is inserted, and see what her nurse uses to help take the pain away. When it’s time for her vitals, you’ll learn the 3 things that are monitored to make sure Caroline is feeling okay. As her day goes on, you’ll see Caroline do fun, simple activities you can try to incorporate on your treatment day, too!

Who it’s intended for:

This book is for any child and their family who bravely conquer treatment days! Best for ages 2-7.

Where to purchase:

The book is available on Amazon and Kelly’s website 

Why we wrote it:

When my daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease before her second birthday, I realized regular IVIG treatments were going to be her future. As I tried to prepare her for what she was going to experience, I couldn’t find any children’s books or TV shows about getting an IV, using a tourniquet, or having medicine flow through a child’s body all day. It was at this moment I knew I wanted to create a resource for young children. 

My 16-year-old niece did the illustrations, and she incorporated bright colors to keep the book positive and engaging. We worked hard to make sure it was accurate, but not fearful. Our hope is children will find a connection to it and realize they aren’t alone in their brave battles – and that infusions can in fact be fun! 

We will be giving away a copy of Caroline’s Infusion Day to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow Kelly Brennan and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and  @CarolinesInfusionDayBook and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/16/22.

My Journey with the Wind: Children’s Grief Book Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Ashley Wolfe

About the Book
In
My Journey With The Wind, A magical story of grief, a child whose brother died embarks on a magical journey coming to realize that the bond they thought was lost continues in their love for each other. At the end of the book, there is an interactive section of holistic therapeutic activities which match the theme and story and help the reader consider their own experiences with grief as well. These activities include emotion coaching, memory making, “grief storms” preparation, guided imagery for relaxation, and a prompt to look for messages of hope and love in their own life as well. This story and activity sections were designed to help facilitate difficult conversations about death and feelings of grief with children which can result from any significant change in their life. This book can be used by professionals working with children in school, hospital, hospice, and counseling settings as well as at home with caregivers. 

Where to purchase 

You can get your copy of My Journey with the Wind on Amazon. All the proceeds will go to Let Grace In, a nonprofit in Hawaii supporting families grieving the death of a child, to help fund their therapeutic bereavement programs and services. You can read more about their mission and upcoming events at letgracein.org

 About the Author

The author Ashley, MA, CCLS, has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2007 working in hospital, hospice, and educational settings helping children and their families emotionally through therapeutic play activities, coaching, and support groups. She feels honored to have learned so much from the children and families she has walked closely with and dedicates this book in their honor. You can connect with Ashley on Instagram at @The_Grieving_Well

We will be giving away a copy of “My Journey with the Wind” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @The_Grieving_Well and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/2/22.