Child Life Program
We, as child life professionals, strive to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic life events and situations that affect the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and families. We embrace the value of play as a healing modality as we work to enhance the optimal growth and development of infants, children and youth through assessment, intervention, prevention, advocacy, and education.
A Child Life Specialist is a certified professional in assisting children and their families with coping with difficult and stressful healthcare events. A Child Life Specialist is knowledgeable in developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions. The goal of the Child Life Specialist is to ensure that children are still able to be “normal” children, who do “normal” activities while they are hospitalized. By encouraging “normal” activities and behavior from children, the Child Life Specialist is able to prevent possible stressful situations.
The Child Life Specialist at The Children’s Center provides therapeutic and medical play, as well as recreational activities and education, to make children’s hospitalization, illness and treatment as stress and anxiety free as possible for both the children and their families. The Child Life Specialist tries to encourage as much normalcy to hospitalized children through play and imagination. The Children’s Center utilizes the Activity Room, which is open for all pediatric patients and their families, where children can play and explore without the threat of medication, procedures or medical staff. The Children’s Center and The Child Life Program encourage children’s individuality and work closely with each child and their family.
The Child Life Program encourages volunteers in The Children’s Center.
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If you would like to help the Child Life Program, here is a "Wish List" of things we can always use!
Child Life Resources:
Become a Practicum Student:
At this time, we are only able to accommodate three practicum students per semester. This packet includes a description of our practicum program, application requirement materials, and a practicum agreement .
For more information on The Child Life Program please contact:
Mailey Wright, BS, CCLS
The Children’s Center at The Medical Center
710 Center Street
Columbus, GA 31901