The Power of Words in Pediatrics: Child life evidence based practice
Our style of communication and the words we choose may exert a lasting impact on patients and families' ability to adapt and adjust to their hospital experiences. As Child Life Specialists we are taught throughout our education and training about the power of words, how they influence, as well as, produce an effect on pediatric patients and families. This webinar will promote an understanding of the impact that hospitalization has on each stage of development and review language that should be used within each age and stage. We will also review two schools of thought when speaking with and referring to people with disabilities; “People First Language vs Identity first language”. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own views and biases regarding these different approaches. In addition, we will review culturally sensitive approaches when communicating with minorities in the healthcare setting.
Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
1- Define the impact hospitalization has on each stage of development in the pediatric population.
2- Identify and apply developmentally appropriate language when communicating with patients and families.
3- Review language that is respectful and inclusive towards diverse pediatric populations.
4- Describe cultural safety in Child Life practice.
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Starlight, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.
Certified Child Life Specialist
Helen Magdalinos, CCLS, BA, Dip Human Rel & Family Life Ed. has been a Certified Child Life specialist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in Montreal, Quebec since 2004. She worked with the Cystic Fibrosis population for the first ten years, and inclusively on the surgical inpatient unit for 17 years. Helen has a variety of experiences working with technically dependent patients who have been living on the surgical unit for over 5 years, as well as, working on both Neurosurgery and Trauma teams. She has also been the Child Life internship supervisor for over 10 years. Prior to her Child Life certification, she worked as a research coordinator at the Montreal Children's Hospital from 2000 to 2006, with a focus on injury prevention under the tutelage of Dr. Barry Pless.
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