Pediatrics at AAMC
Child Life Specialist
What is a Child Life Specialist?A child life specialist is a trained professional, credentialed by the Child Life Council, who works to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in the health care setting. A trip to the hospital can overwhelm a child's natural ability to cope and heal. This can lead to feelings of fear, confusion and isolation. In addition, it can affect a child's future attitude toward medical care.
These specialists promote effective coping through play, self-expression activities, and age-appropriate medical education. As advocates of family-centered care, child life specialists work in partnership with parents, doctors, nurses, social workers and others to meet the unique emotional, developmental and cultural needs of each child and family.
Services provided by Child Life Specialists include: