The Child Life Specialist is responsible for implementing a psychosocially and developmentally supportive program for hospitalized children and families. Provides appropriate guidance for volunteers and students. The Child Life Specialist is a member of the pediatric health care team who focuses on the emotional and developmental needs of children using therapeutic and developmental play experiences which help children and families maintain normal life patterns, prevent significant developmental disruption, and mitigate psychological distress throughout their health care experience. The Child Life Specialist acts as an advocate for children and their families with the hospital and uses their knowledge of child development to enhance the hospital environment for pediatric patients. Must have already completed a child life internship under the direction of a Certified Child Life Specialist and obtain professional certification within 12 months of hire. Performs other duties as assigned.
To improve the patient experience by providing health care providers; patients and their families; and others with information, education, networking opportunities, and related resources focused on best practices.