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Medical play: a way to discover patients' misconceptions while also allowing them to act out their fears and/or curiosity on their doll. This allows for anxiety to be diminished and trust to form between the Child Life Specialist and patient in a safe environment. (photo via pennlive.com)
Note by JB: Medical play can help children act out their fears and/or curiosity on their doll. This will give the child some feeling of control over the procedure that they will soon undergo. They may demonstrate a misunderstanding of what will happen to them during the act on the doll, and a CCLS can help the child understand what will actually happen. Trust is very important for psychosocial development.
Apps for Child Life! Perfect! This might come in handy
Child Life Blog! Has some great activity ideas and a neat video of a day in the life of a CLS
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Child Life coloring page. Child Life month idea?
Child Life Specialist and Patient with Stethoscope
Child Life Specialist: THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO WHEN I GROW UP
As hospitals work to improve pediatric patient experience, child life specialists get higher profile
The patient is the doctor. Medical play is a therapeutic activity for children. It helps them to act out their fears, have questions answered, and feel empowered.
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Flyer - Child Life: Empowering Children and Families. Free version available for download at www.childlife.org.... Color printed copies also available through the CLC Bookstore in quantities of 50 and 100.
child life specialist activity ideas - Google Search
Simply Sayin' - an iPad app developed by child life specialists to help kids learn medical terminology