Child life specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events, and the importance of their services has been well documented.
Infants, children, youth, and families benefit from help coping with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for infants, children, and youth. They are educated and trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction and overall experience.
Children today confront a wide variety of stressful and potentially traumatic events that may overwhelm their natural ability to cope and heal. Difficult or unexpected experiences, such as chronic illness, hospitalization, the death of a loved one, or the aftermath of violent acts or natural disasters are upsetting for everyone involved. Children are particularly vulnerable, and parents or other responsible adults may feel unsure of their ability to help children to successfully understand and manage these experiences.
Because children process information from the world around them much differently than adults, they have distinct needs for managing the effects of stress and trauma. Without the assistance of a professional who understands their unique perspective, children of all ages may experience emotions such as fear, shame, confusion and loneliness, which can inhibit their natural development, and have lasting negative effects on their wellbeing.
Child Life in Canada gathers program leaders from across the country to collectively be the voice to advocate for paediatric and family-centered healthcare nation-wide. The Canadian Association of Child Life Leaders (CACLL) is an ethical body of experienced Certified Child Life Specialists who uniquely represent the best interests of psychosocial well-being for children and their families.
After serving on this national leadership team from 2011-2018, Katrina will be rejoining the CACLL for Canadian Paediatric representation in 2019.
The International body representing Certified Child Life Specialists world-wide is called The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). www.childlife.org, which Katrina is an active member of this professional international team protecting the psychosocial interests of children and their families.
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