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What is a Child Life Specialist?

February 12, 201510 min
Child Life staff helps normalize the hospital environment, providing psychosocial support and educational programs for infants, children, adolescents, and their families in order to minimize the stress and anxiety related to hospitalization.Sherisse Wormell, Child Life Supervisor at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Maine, will talk about the important role the Child Life Specialists play in a child’s visit by providing diversional and developmental play opportunities and assisting in preparing patients for upcoming surgery and medical procedures. Child Life Specialists hold a minimum of a bachelor's level degree in Child Life or a related field. Each has completed at least a 480 hour internship and is certified. Through all of this training, they have expertise in the special needs of hospitalized children.

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