The child life specialist helps relieve anxiety and stress associated with illness for the child and the family through education, play, and imagery while in the emergency department. Child life services are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The following quote is from the AAP policy on Child Life Services:
"The child life specialist focuses on the strengths and well-being of children while promoting their optimal development and minimizing the adverse effects of children's experiences in health care or other potentially stressful settings."
Pediatrics vol. 118, No. 4, Oct 2006
Child life specialists use play and developmentally appropriate communication to help your child cope with stressful events in the following ways:
For more information, please visit Child Life Program.