Child Life Specialists: A Sneak Peak Into Helping Children Cope

The trauma bay in the Emergency Department is full of staff ready to help a child who was in a car crash.  A child life specialist is at the child’s side explaining step by step what is happening, using words the child understands…

A family member is on life support and the family doesn’t know if they should bring the children to the hospital to say goodbye.  A child life specialist provides support and guidance for the family and their children…

Tears begin to stream down a child’s face because she is scared the procedure will hurt.  A child life specialist is at the child and parents side helping them cope and encouraging the child to find pictures in an ISpy book with her family throughout her procedure…

A mother has just been diagnosed with cancer and she doesn’t know how to tell her kids.  A child life specialist listens to the mother and helps her find ways to explain it to her children…

Clinging to his father, a little boy is scared to walk around his hospital room.  A child life specialist brings the child toys and activities to play with in his room to help him feel more comfortable and have fun…

The goal of a child life specialist is to try to reduce fear, anxiety, and misconceptions for children and their families.  As you can see from these brief descriptions, working as a child life specialist is an amazing job that is full of surprises, challenges, and joys. A big thank you to all the child life specialists out there devoted to supporting children and families!  Happy Child Life Month!

Please share how a child life specialist has provided support for you and your family.

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