"Why Can't I Go Home with Mom?": Child Life's Role in Supporting Children of Abuse
Child Life Specialists have a unique role in supporting children and families through a variety of challenges. In the Emergency Department, broken bones and stitches are a daily occurrence, but what happens when those injuries are suspected to be the result of abuse? This presentation will provide child life specialists with the skills to educate, prepare, and advocate for children of abuse from admission through hospital discharge. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Explore terminology, support services, and prevalence of child abuse.
Identify and address common behaviors seen in children who have a history of abuse.
Communicate and provide appropriate interventions for admitted patients who have been removed from the home and will be entering the foster care system due to abuse.
Identify how to support children and families during an end-of-life coroner's case.
Discuss the legal responsibilities as a mandated reporter and how to remain within your scope of practice as a child life specialist.
Kayleigh M. Chang
Certified Child Life Specialist II-Emergency Department
Kayleigh attended Loma Linda University where she received her M.S. in Child Life after attending California State University, Fullerton for her B.A. in Communication Studies where she discovered her fascination for working with diverse populations.
Kayleigh is currently working as a child life specialist in the Emergency Department at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and is a member of the Lucile Packard SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) Team, where she purses her passion advocating for children of abuse. Kayleigh balances her clinical work by teaching an online grief and loss course to child life students at UC Santa Barbara Extension.
Kayleigh serves on the Child Life Certification Commission for ACLP working on content for future child life certification exams. She was also a participant in the ACLP Child Life Job Analysis in 2018.