Child Life Specialist

Child Life Specialist
Child Life Program

The Child Life Specialist provides optimal developmental and psychologically appropriate care for pediatric patients and families. They assess children and provide developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions such as play, medical play, psychological preparation etc.

The Child Life Specialist will:
  • Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team to develop and administer an individualized plan of care.
  • Plan, organize and implement all Child Life programs for infants not neonates, pediatric and adolescent patients who are hospitalized and/or seen in the outpatient setting with acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions.
  • Perform Child Life oriented screening/assessment tools and provides preparation/therapeutic interventions, meeting the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of all pediatric patients.
  • Design and carry out care plans, provide patient and family education, medical play and child specific educational in services to hospital staff and on an ongoing basis, documents patient status.
  • Be responsible for supervision of volunteers and students.
  • Work with infants, neonates, pediatrics, adolescent patients and their family members.


Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Psychology, Special Education, or closely related field required. Knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development, family dynamics, play therapy and basic pediatric medicine required.
  • Special Training - Successful completion of Child Life Internship is required.
  • Coursework in child development, knowledge of medical terminology and special needs of hospitalized children also required.
  • BLS Certification required, as approved by the American Heart Association.
  • Candidate for Child Life Certification.
  • Completed 600 hours of Child Life Internship.


Schedule: Full Time - some days, some evenings 1-9:30 pm, 2-10:30 pm. Some weekends. Qualifies for evening and weekend shift differential pay.

Grade 118