What is a child life specialist?
Child life specialists focus on the social, emotional and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents in the hospital and promote optimal psychosocial development.
Preparation and support for medical procedures/surgery
Medical play to increase understanding of the hospital and medical equipment and provide an outlet for self-expression
Therapeutic play activities
Support for caregivers and siblings
Education about a new diagnosis
Coping techniques for parents, children and adolescents to utilize during medical experiences
Child life specialists utilize these techniques to help decrease fear and anxiety and help infants, children and adolescents to cope with hospitalization.
Meet the Team:
Andrea Brown, BS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Cassandra James, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Ashley Leafgren, BS, CLS, Child Life Specialist
Paige Legan, BS, Child Life Activity Coordinator
To help prepare your child for surgery, pre-surgery tours are available. For more information or to schedule a tour with a Child Life Specialist, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (214) 559-7795 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7795.
Child Life Student Programming
We want our students to have the best learning opportunity available. Due to revamping our student programming, we are not offering a student placement at this time. Please check back for future updates. For more information on our practicum program, click on the following link Practicum student opportunity.
To learn more about the field of Child Life and how to become a certified Child Life Specialist, please visit www.childlife.org or consider attending our Child Life Workshop.