Bridging Research and Assessment: Techniques for Interviewing Pediatric Patients
Age-appropriate, play-based communication is a foundational and necessary skill for child life professionals working in a variety of medical and community settings. However, there are times in which preferred play materials and the gift of time are unavailable, leaving the clinician more reliant on dialogic interactions with children. Recognizing these needs, this presentation will consider both overt and nuanced impacts of cognitive and social-emotional development on children’s capabilities and preferences for verbal communication – both of which greatly impact clinical assessment strategies and the design and conduct of research with young children. Using examples from various interview-based research studies with hospitalized children, participants will explore developmentally appropriate considerations for conversationally assessing the development, thoughts, and experiences of pediatric patients.
After this webinar, participants will have:
- an understanding of the impact of cognitive and social-emotional development on children’s abilities to interpret questions, reflect on experiences, and articulate responses.
- the ability to describe the similarities and differences between clinical assessment and empirical interviewing in pediatric populations.
- an increased knowledge of age appropriate conversational techniques for learning more about the development, thoughts, and experiences of pediatric patients.
Jessika Boles is a child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has nearly ten years of clinical experience in addition to many years of academic and research training in applied child development, education, and psychology. She has published work in various medical and psychosocial journals, and has presented at national and international conferences in child development, psychology, education, and child life. In her spare time, Jessika teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to working with children and families in hospitals, and is currently serving as a director on the ACLP board of directors.