Child life specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children and families in hospitals and other settings to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. They provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies, and play and self-expression activities. They also provide information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. Child life specialists collaborate with parents and other health care professionals to meet the distinct needs of children in managing the effects of stress and trauma. Because children may feel overwhelmed, child life professionals help children gain a sense of familiarity and control of their environment through play and exploration inside the healthcare facility. Understanding that a child’s well-being depends on the support of the family, they also provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.
I think that the Child Life section should have an area where they can create their own movie, so that they can express what they are going through, feeling, or love, in a cartoon. I have an app called Toontastic, and I created a movie based on a book I read, and I could draw the characters, and animate them through an adventure of my choice, and I could even choose the feelings for each scene. I hope that we can raise awareness so that the children can know that their are people out there that care.