Most clinics don’t employ their own certified Child Life Specialist. With our focus on pediatric specialized and medically complex treatments, we understand the many benefits these professionals provide to our patients and their families.
Our in-house Child Life Specialist, Sue Waltermeyer, has more than 30 years experience in this field, and is trained to help your child and family understand and cope with having an illness. Sue’s expertise improves care and treatment, increases patient satisfaction, and provides a better experience for the entire family.
The Association of Child Life Professionals describes the benefit of these professionals in this way:
Infants, children, youth, and families benefit from help coping with the stress and uncertainty of illness and treatment. Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety and pain for infants, children, youth and families. Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and trained on the developmental impact of illness. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction and overall experience.
A Child Life Specialist is someone who can provide:
• Therapeutic play
• Preparation for procedures
• Education for patients and siblings about their illness and treatment
• Support and coping strategies for patients who must undergo procedures such as IV’s, blood tests, Bone Marrow Aspirations and Lumbar Punctures
• Support for parents seeking help on how to talk to their children about their illness and treatments
• Education and support about normal growth and development, parenting, and helping siblings cope
Q. How do I know if my child is eligible to utilize the Child Life Specialist?
A. Any patient, sibling, and/or parent may utilize Child Life Services.
Q. Is there an additional cost for this service?
Additional resources that may be helpful to parents:
The Association of Child Life Professionals: www.childlife.org
For additional information, or to talk about specific concerns/questions about your child call (702) 732-1493
Watch this video to see some of what Sue provides to many of our patients:
Sue has some words of advice for parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.
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