What is a Child Life Specialist?

Certified Child Life Specialists are trained to work with children and families facing challenging situations, such as a illness, trauma and loss. They work in healthcare settings and community based programs.  With 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, visuals and developmentally appropriate language. They empower children to overcome challenges by strengthening their resiliency and advocating skills.

In-Home and Community Child Life Support

Looking for child life services to support your family or community program? Shani Thornton provides in-home services and workshops within Placer County, Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Virtual consultations can also be arranged. Contact Shani today at Childlifemommy@gmail.com or at 917-733-5918.

Learn more about child life from the Association of Child Life Professionals or watching the video below.