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  • Factors Affecting Family Presence and Satisfaction During Fracture Reduction in the Pediatric Emergency Department

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Details of a completed research study will be shared that investigated the factors related to family members’ presence and satisfaction during fracture reductions in a pediatric emergency department. Results, conclusions, and implications for practice will be discussed, including the role of the CCLS in family presence and family-centered care and collaboration with ED providers, ED nurses, and orthopedic residents and providers in creating a culture of family centered care and family presence during procedures.

    Details of a completed research study will be shared that investigated the factors related to family members’ presence and satisfaction during fracture reductions in a pediatric emergency department. Results, conclusions, and implications for practice will be discussed, including the role of the CCLS in family presence and family-centered care and collaboration with ED providers, ED nurses, and orthopedic residents and providers in creating a culture of family centered care and family presence during procedures.

  • Breathing Better: Peter's Trip to the Hospital. Creating Developmentally Appropriate Literature for Children with Cystic Fibrosis

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Clinicians from a children’s hospital noticed a gap in developmentally appropriate resources for patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). To improve education, clinicians created a story about a cystic fibrosis patient admitted to the hospital. This presentation reviews literature related to diagnosis specific education and bibliotherapy, discusses the publication process, and highlights outcomes, which demonstrate bibliotherapy as an effective method for supporting and educating patients and families with cystic fibrosis.

    Clinicians from a children’s hospital noticed a gap in developmentally appropriate resources for patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). To improve education, clinicians created a story about a cystic fibrosis patient admitted to the hospital. This presentation reviews literature related to diagnosis specific education and bibliotherapy, discusses the publication process, and highlights outcomes, which demonstrate bibliotherapy as an effective method for supporting and educating patients and families with cystic fibrosis.

  • Two Brothers, One Heart: Bridging Home and Hospital Through a Community of Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    How might integrative child life and creative arts therapy practices function within interdisciplinary care communities to best support the psychosocial vulnerability in siblings of patients facing heart transplant or other serious illness, hospitalization and bereavement? This presentation explores the art-and play-based clinical approaches behind “Bridging Interventions” to support family-and-sibling-centered care in pediatric critical care settings.

    How might integrative child life and creative arts therapy practices function within interdisciplinary care communities to best support the psychosocial vulnerability in siblings of patients facing heart transplant or other serious illness, hospitalization and bereavement? This presentation explores the art-and play-based clinical approaches behind “Bridging Interventions” to support family-and-sibling-centered care in pediatric critical care settings.

  • Children’s Use of Transitional Objects in Pediatric Healthcare Settings: Policies and Practices

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This research study explored current policies and practices about children’s use of transitional objects in healthcare settings. Results provide insight about ways child life specialists are supporting children’s use of transitional objects, thereby decreasing anxiety and stress and increasing healthy coping. Recommendations for future policies and practices are offered to support children’s use of transitional objects while in isolation.

    This research study explored current policies and practices about children’s use of transitional objects in healthcare settings. Results provide insight about ways child life specialists are supporting children’s use of transitional objects, thereby decreasing anxiety and stress and increasing healthy coping. Recommendations for future policies and practices are offered to support children’s use of transitional objects while in isolation.

  • Utilizing Digital Art For Therapeutic Interventions and Legacy Building

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A recent survey of child life specialists revealed that 100 % use tablets in the workplace, yet less than half use them for therapeutic interventions or legacy building. This session will explore the benefits of digital art and will provide attendees the opportunity to practice using applications that can prove beneficial when working with patients and families.

    A recent survey of child life specialists revealed that 100 % use tablets in the workplace, yet less than half use them for therapeutic interventions or legacy building. This session will explore the benefits of digital art and will provide attendees the opportunity to practice using applications that can prove beneficial when working with patients and families.

  • The Power of Two: From a One-Person Program to a Child Life Team

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Insufficient staffing plagues the child life world. Solo programs face particular challenges covering multiple clinical areas, large censuses, and 24 hour patient needs. This presentation shares one program’s journey from solo to duo, including foundational components for growth, advocating for the new position, strategies to secure funding, and components for a successful transition to a team of two including recruitment, orientation, reporting structures, scheduling, flexibility, communication, and collegiality.

    Insufficient staffing plagues the child life world. Solo programs face particular challenges covering multiple clinical areas, large censuses, and 24 hour patient needs. This presentation shares one program’s journey from solo to duo, including foundational components for growth, advocating for the new position, strategies to secure funding, and components for a successful transition to a team of two including recruitment, orientation, reporting structures, scheduling, flexibility, communication, and collegiality.

  • Eat, Play, Love: Navigating Eating Disorders as an Interdisciplinary Support Team

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    When treating eating disorders, a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach is preferred by many venues. Attendees will gain insight into the overall treatment of eating disorders and specifics of a pediatric inpatient re-feeding protocol. In addition,the role child life specialists, music therapists and art therapists can play, in conjunction with the medical staff, for comprehensive care will be explored.

    When treating eating disorders, a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach is preferred by many venues. Attendees will gain insight into the overall treatment of eating disorders and specifics of a pediatric inpatient re-feeding protocol. In addition,the role child life specialists, music therapists and art therapists can play, in conjunction with the medical staff, for comprehensive care will be explored.

  • 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.