Child life is a profession that offers psychosocial support for infants, children, youth and families experiencing stressful life events, particularly as they relate to health care experiences. Child life programs strive to:
Child life specialists provide opportunities for therapeutic and diversional play, prepare children for and assist children during medical tests and procedures through education, rehearsal, and coping skill development, and support families during hospitalization or challenging events. Child life professionals support a philosophy of "family centered care" in health care facilities.
- Promote coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression
- Promote optimum development of infants, children and youth,
- Maintain normal living patterns, and
- Help alleviate the stress and anxiety children and their families may encounter as a result of the hospitalization/health care experiences
The Canadian Association
of Child Life Leaders (CACLL) is an association of child life leaders from across Canada, and currently represents 28 children's hospitals, 7 community facilities, 4 academic programs, 1 private practice and 1 research facility. CACLL provides leadership and advocates for the child life profession in Canada and promotes membership and certification with The Child Life Council. Please browse our web site to learn more about our mission and the child life profession in Canada.