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  • Community Assistantships: Enhancing Student Experience and Child Life Programming

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A hospital and university developed an innovative approach to utilize department funding to expand the child life program’s resources through community assistantships. The assistantship program provided pre-professional work experience for students, as well as a mentoring and leadership role for a clinical child life specialist. Attendees will identify the development, implementation and evaluation of community assistantships, successes and barriers, benefits to the child life program and students, and cost-saving benefits.

    A hospital and university developed an innovative approach to utilize department funding to expand the child life program’s resources through community assistantships. The assistantship program provided pre-professional work experience for students, as well as a mentoring and leadership role for a clinical child life specialist. Attendees will identify the development, implementation and evaluation of community assistantships, successes and barriers, benefits to the child life program and students, and cost-saving benefits.

  • The Practice of Adult Learning: Applying Principles and Conditions of Adult Learning in Child Life Education

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Knowledge, understanding and insight of adult learning can be applied both in clinical and academic settings. Come and explore how the principles and conditions of adult learning can enhance and strengthen your role in teaching, coaching, and guiding students and adults across disciplines.

    Knowledge, understanding and insight of adult learning can be applied both in clinical and academic settings. Come and explore how the principles and conditions of adult learning can enhance and strengthen your role in teaching, coaching, and guiding students and adults across disciplines.

  • Outcomes, Opportunities, and Benefits: Child Life Involvement in Research and Benchmarking

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A panel of child life specialists will present the findings from their research projects. Research topics that will be discussed include comfort positioning, nurse and parent perceptions of a child’s pain and distress during IV starts, the relationship between mothers’ coping and children’s anxiety, and the effects of play and video on procedural behavior. Panelists will offer insight and suggestions on how to successfully complete a research project.

    A panel of child life specialists will present the findings from their research projects. Research topics that will be discussed include comfort positioning, nurse and parent perceptions of a child’s pain and distress during IV starts, the relationship between mothers’ coping and children’s anxiety, and the effects of play and video on procedural behavior. Panelists will offer insight and suggestions on how to successfully complete a research project.

  • Partnering For Play: How to Promote, Navigate, and Build Relationships With Community Partners to Elevate Play in Hospitals

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Relationships with local and national organizations provide staff with resources and talent to create more engaging opportunities to help patients and families cope with the hospital environment. This presentation demonstrates how community partnerships, in-hospital special events, and radio station programming collaborate to create space for therapeutic play while also promoting staff morale. Attendees will be empowered to build collaborative partnerships in their communities that enhance patients’ experiences.

    Relationships with local and national organizations provide staff with resources and talent to create more engaging opportunities to help patients and families cope with the hospital environment. This presentation demonstrates how community partnerships, in-hospital special events, and radio station programming collaborate to create space for therapeutic play while also promoting staff morale. Attendees will be empowered to build collaborative partnerships in their communities that enhance patients’ experiences.

  • Synergy and Success: A Collaborative Partnership with Pediatric Nursing and the Elevation of Pediatric Nursing Orientation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Through an engaging collaboration, child life and pediatric nursing partnered to create an interactive orientation program for nurses throughout a five-hospital healthcare system. Rich in developmental theory and skills training, the orientation program embraces research and supports translation of that knowledge into daily practice. In-depth training in child development, procedural support, and medication administration nurtures nurses’ skills in developmentally-supportive care, and positions them to serve as leaders in pediatric healthcare.

    Through an engaging collaboration, child life and pediatric nursing partnered to create an interactive orientation program for nurses throughout a five-hospital healthcare system. Rich in developmental theory and skills training, the orientation program embraces research and supports translation of that knowledge into daily practice. In-depth training in child development, procedural support, and medication administration nurtures nurses’ skills in developmentally-supportive care, and positions them to serve as leaders in pediatric healthcare.

  • “You Want Me to Use a Comfort Position? Yes!”: Educating Others About Implementing a Comfort Position Mindset.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Comfort positions are recognized by child life professionals as an effective, low cost, and quick intervention for reducing stress during medical interventions for children and teens (Stephen, 1999). Despite research demonstrating these benefits, comfort positions can be misunderstood and underutilized by the medical community. Attendees will gain insight into how to implement comfort positioning into various medical settings.

    Comfort positions are recognized by child life professionals as an effective, low cost, and quick intervention for reducing stress during medical interventions for children and teens (Stephen, 1999). Despite research demonstrating these benefits, comfort positions can be misunderstood and underutilized by the medical community. Attendees will gain insight into how to implement comfort positioning into various medical settings.

  • You’re Stressing Me Out! Applying The Family Systems Theory, Family Stress Theory, and ABC-X Model to Daily Child Life Practice.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The hospital experience is often times stress provoking for children and their families. In this presentation, the family systems and stress theories as well as the ABC-X stress management model will be explored. Through discussion and case studies participants will work through examples of how to incorporate these theories and model into their daily practice.

    The hospital experience is often times stress provoking for children and their families. In this presentation, the family systems and stress theories as well as the ABC-X stress management model will be explored. Through discussion and case studies participants will work through examples of how to incorporate these theories and model into their daily practice.

  • Examining the Effectiveness of Tablet Distraction in Pediatric Burn Patients Undergoing Hydrotherapy: A Collaborative Approach to Research

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A study demonstrating the effectiveness of tablet distraction provided by a child life specialist on pain and distress in pediatric burn patients undergoing hydrotherapy will be presented. The study was a product of a collaboration between child life specialists, a nurse, and a professor. Attendees will gain insight into the design, implementation, and implications of this study and collaboration.

    A study demonstrating the effectiveness of tablet distraction provided by a child life specialist on pain and distress in pediatric burn patients undergoing hydrotherapy will be presented. The study was a product of a collaboration between child life specialists, a nurse, and a professor. Attendees will gain insight into the design, implementation, and implications of this study and collaboration.

  • Creating an Autism Friendly Emergency Department: A Program to Manage Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Similar Conditions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise. Consequently Emergency Departments (ED) are treating more patients with ASD. These patients are especially vulnerable to the overwhelming stress associated with an ED visit. The current standard of care is not adequate for these patients, resulting in unwanted outcomes. A patient care program has been created to better serve patients with ASD or similar conditions in a pediatric ED.

    The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise. Consequently Emergency Departments (ED) are treating more patients with ASD. These patients are especially vulnerable to the overwhelming stress associated with an ED visit. The current standard of care is not adequate for these patients, resulting in unwanted outcomes. A patient care program has been created to better serve patients with ASD or similar conditions in a pediatric ED.

  • The Anatomy of a Teddy Bear: A Complete Guide to Teddy Bear Clinics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the chaotic world of health care, it is easy for children to build fantasies about what happens behind hospital doors. This presentation will demonstrate how to alleviate these fears on a large-scale community capacity. Participants will be given the tools to assess, create, manage and evaluate a successful teddy bear clinic.

    In the chaotic world of health care, it is easy for children to build fantasies about what happens behind hospital doors. This presentation will demonstrate how to alleviate these fears on a large-scale community capacity. Participants will be given the tools to assess, create, manage and evaluate a successful teddy bear clinic.