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Child Life Specialists

Play with Purpose

Play is an essential part of your child’s health and well-being. At AdventHealth for Children, child life specialists are available to help promote a positive stay for both you and your child. Our child life specialists work with the multidisciplinary team to reduce stress and create an environment that helps support your child’s emotional and physical health. Our highly skilled team leads and delivers exceptional psychosocial care, developmentally appropriate education, therapeutic play, and emotional support for children and adolescents. Our child life specialists are bachelor’s and/or master’s trained professionals certified by the Association of Child Life Professionals. Through play and emotionally supportive interventions, our child life team will help to create an exceptional experience for you and your child during your stay at AdventHealth for Children!

    Role of Child Life Specialists

    As part of your child’s healthcare team, your child life specialist will work closely with your doctors, nurses, and social workers to help promote a positive experience for you and your child during your stay at AdventHealth for Children. Our child life specialists provide interventions for hospitalized children and families based on each individual’s needs. They specialize in child development and are well versed to the reactions of children and adolescents in health care settings. They promote positive coping through play, self-expressive activities, age-appropriate medical preparation, and education. These activities help both children and families gain a greater understanding of medical procedures, which helps to reduce stress, and fear of the unknown.

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    Your Child is Unique

    Individualized Child and Family Support Services

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    Interested in joining us?

    We are always interested in people who are committed to the health and well being of children. If you want a rewarding career with lots of challenges, great benefits and advancement potential, we’d like to hear from you. 

    If you would like to find out more about services available through our Child Life Program, call Call407-303-9456.

    Our Child Life Program currently offers internships in the spring and the fall and we follow the ACLP’s recommended deadline schedule for applications. We accept applications from affiliated students only.

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    Child Life Practicum

    We offer child life practicum sessions in the Spring(2 students), Summer (1 student) and Fall (2 students) to students affiliated with a university. Application postmark deadlines are the same as the ACLP internship application deadlines. Click here for application and requirement information.

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    Child Life Volunteers

    Child life specialists also supervise volunteers that help to maintain hospital playrooms, provide bedside play opportunities, and facilitate special events to help normalize the environment and promote developmentally appropriate play in all areas of the hospital.

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    Child Life 101

    Are you curious about a career in child life? Are you having trouble figuring out your next step in the process? Come join us for an interactive and informative session that will provide the most up to date information from the Association of Child Life Professionals, certification, internships, practicums, and hands on examples of interventions that child life specialists do each day. If you are interested, please open invite for dates and more information.

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    Child Life Specialist Patient Story

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    "The child life team was instrumental in keeping all of my kids happy and by giving me one less thing to worry about. The fact that my family hasn't had one bad experience, speaks to the high levels of quality and care that you give to all of your patients and their families. "

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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