What is a Child Life Specialist?

Certified Child Life Specialists are trained to work with children and families facing challenging situations, such as a medical diagnosis, trauma and loss. They work in a healthcare setting and community based programs.  Through a background in child development and using a family-centered care approach, specialists use supportive methods to meet each child and family where they are at.

Specialists educate and prepare children for medical procedures, transitions and new experiences through a variety of modalities, such as play, teaching dolls, visuals, technology, rehearsal and developmentally appropriate language. They empower children to overcome challenges by strengthening their resiliency and advocating skills.

Learn more from the Association of Child Life Professionals

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