Roles of child life specialists in preparing children and families for health-care experiences. Content includes psychosocial and developmental needs of children, adolescents, and families in health-care settings and impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization on the child and family.
Prerequisite: 
SFL 210 (Human Development) or equivalent.
Course Outline: 
Lesson 1: Introduction to Child Life: History, Role, and Career Directions
Lesson 2: Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare, Stress and Coping
Lesson 3: Developmental Issues: Infants, Toddlers-Preschool, School Age, Adolescents
Lesson 4: The Role of Play and Medical Play, Therapeutic Modalities
Lesson 5: Psychological Preparation, Techniques, and Surgical Settings
Lesson 6: Trauma and Emergency, Playrooms and Bedside Intervention
Lesson 7: Creating Child Friendly Environments and Family Centered Care
Lesson 8: Educating and Supporting Parents and Siblings
Lesson 9: Managing and Communicating about Pain
Lesson 10: Nontraditional Settings, Development, Fund-Raising, Volunteers, and Outreach
Lesson 11: Disabilities and Living with Chronic Conditions; Spiritual Needs and Cultural Sensitivity
Lesson 12: Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
Lesson 13: Professionalism, Boundaries, Patient Privacy, Ethics, and Compassion Fatigue
Lesson 14 Medical Knowledge, Diagnoses, and Terminology; Assessment, Evaluation, and Documentation
Lesson 15: Working with Medical Teams; Child Life Now and Beyond: Advocating and Expanding the Field