March is Child Life Month, and all of us here at Starlight MidAtlantic would like to thank Child Life and Recreation Therapy Teams working in Children’s Hospitals and Pediatric Units inDC, DE, MD, PA, VA and WV (and across the US, and the world!).
Child Life Specialists are child development experts who help hospitalized kids cope with the stress and uncertainty that come with illness and hospitalization.
These are just a few of the MANY reasons we love them:
- Child Life Specialists prepare kids for medical procedures using age-appropriate language that kids can understand. Research has shown that children who are prepared for tests and treatments experience less fear and anxiety.
- Child Life Specialists provide support and distraction during procedures, to help reduce pain, fear, and boredom, and can sometimes even eliminate the need for sedation.
- Child Life Specialists offer opportunities for kids to play! We’ve seen them help patients pass the time by bringing activities like games and crafts or wheeling in a Fun Center to play video games and movies. They encourage FUN and “just being a kid” in challenging circumstances for pediatric patients, and their siblings (yes, Child Life Specialists are there for siblings too!).
Child Life Specialists do all this and more. To all the Child Life care teams helping kids in Children’s Hospitals and pediatric units, thank you for all that you do! We love working with you.
-Barbara, Rebecca, Nick, and Erin
The Team at Starlight MidAtlantic