Happy Child Life Week!

March 21st, 2011

This week, we celebrate the work of child life specialists at Children’s and across the country!

The child life staff at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics work to make every child’s health care experience a positive one. They work with children and adolescents to minimize the stress that children can feel during hospital stays or visits to clinics, emergency rooms, radiology, or surgery areas.

Our certified child life specialists have bachelor’s or master’s degrees in fields such as child development, education, and child psychology. They specialize in working with children in health care settings, and address each child’s need to understand and cope emotionally with the medical experience.

Our child life activities associates have associate or bachelor’s degrees in child development. They focus on a child’s need for play to support normal growth and development. All child life staff members see patients in playrooms, waiting areas, and patient rooms.

We are fortunate to partner with Child Life in a variety of ways within our department, and we are grateful for the very important work that they do!

Click here for more information about Child Life services at Children’s-MN.

Click here for more information about the child life profession (courtesy of its national certifying organization, the Child Life Council).

Child Life Week-Pat Vitullo, Jeanine Clapsaddle, Christi Dady

Pictured:  Volunteer Pat Vitullo, child life specialist Jeanine Clapsaddle, and child life specialist Christi Dady blowing up balloons for Child Life Week.

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