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  • This case study explores ongoing assessments and collaboration between child life and music therapy while promoted positive coping and psychosocial outcomes for an adolescent patient with a complex condition. The presentation will include information about the types of assessments, the interdisciplinary plan of care, interventions to address the patient’s psychosocial and developmental issues, and specific patient outcomes.

  • DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THIS SESSION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RE-RECORDED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVIENCE. The location and extent of burn injuries often hinder the medical team’s ability to gain a comprehensive understanding of the child’s developmental and ability level. This can hinder how each multidisciplinary team member is approaching the patient’s care and offering appropriate interventions and activities. Under the leadership of the child life specialist, a burn center multidisciplinary team formally incorporated the Ages and Stages Developmental Screening tool into their standardized practice. The purpose was to gain an understanding of the patient's pre-injury developmental stage and abilities. Assessment results were incorporated into a treatment plan by the PT, OT and child life specialist. This presentation will discuss planning, implementation, results, and lessons learned. The presenters look forward to sharing the implementation of the screening tool for this specific population and discussing implications for other populations who are impacted by injury or necessary medical equipment Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU

  • Includes a Live Web Event on 11/15/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will provide education related to recognizing varied traumatic stress responses and providing prompt and appropriate interventions in child life practice. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Assessment, Intervention 1.5 PDU

  • ​As the field of child life grows more competitive, academic programs desire to establish innovative, collaborative partnerships in an effort to address student educational needs. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment

  • Behaviour is communication and above all else, behaviour gives us insight into how a child is coping with stress and stressors. Stress is defined as anything that requires a large amount of energy to get us back to our baseline. With this definition we are asked to focus on the amount of energy it takes to deal with a stressor. Stress occurs within 6 different domains - biological, emotion, cognitive, social, pro-social and environmental. Children's brains are developing throughout childhood and adolescence, and these experiences can be a strong influence on how their brains become wired. Our work with children has to be focused on decreasing the stress the child is experiencing and providing them with experiences of safety, rest and recovery through our relationship. In this interactive presentation, participants will be challenged to view all behaviour through the lens of threat and safety. Discussion and teaching will focus on the neurobiological experiences of stress for children. This includes how the brain responds to a stressor, the stress response, and how the body experiences stress using the 6 domains of stress. Safety is a brain response that quiets the stress alarm and provides opportunities for rest and recovery. Experiences of safety are a major role of the Child Life Specialist. This presentation will discuss how to include this understanding in practice through the development of a relationship between the CLS and the child and family. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.5 PDUs

  • Includes a Live Web Event on 10/09/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar presentation will explore the unique parent-child relationship developed throughout the hospitalization and life of extremely premature infants and the impact of that relationship on child development and future hospitalizations. Suggested Domain: Assessment, Intervention 1.5 PDU

  • In order to reduce stress and promote positive coping, early and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s needs is vital. Child life specialists have the opportunity to enhance the family's experience by completing assessment phone calls prior to planned medical events. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment

  • The presenters will discuss the implementation and outcome of a pre-call program for patients scheduled for an upcoming voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG). Examples of assessment and tracking tools utilized for implementing child life pre-calls in an outpatient setting will be discussed. Lessons learned about how to create a LEAN, equitable, atraumatic process will be shared. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU

  • With the number of sexually transmitted diseases on the rise and the risk of teen pregnancy looming, it would make sense that a profession that focuses on the developmentally appropriate needs of youth would feel compelled to ensure adolescents are well-educated and able to advocate for their sexual health. Recording date: 2019

  • Includes a Live Web Event on 06/20/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation will discuss Non-Accidental Trauma cases in-depth, along with the correlation of our role as Child Life Specialists in the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU