This program prepares individuals for careers working with children from birth through adolescence, who are medically fragile, hospitalized, or placed in community healthcare facilities because of illness, injury, or specialty needs. While working with other healthcare professionals providing medical care, the child life specialist helps child and adolescent minimize anxiety, maintain relationships with their families, and retain their independence and self-esteem. The child life specialist is a clinical educator who provides developmental interventions to help patients and families understand and cope with traumatic experiences always respecting diversity and the family system. All M.S., Child Life Courses are taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist and are designed, implemented and evaluated according to the specific clinical and academic standards set forth by the national Association of Child Life Professionals.
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