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Child life specialists help children and teens maintain a sense of normalcy in a world that has changed dramatically. A child’s diagnosis of cancer and beginning treatment thrusts families from their everyday lives into unknown territory. Child life specialists explain what is happening in terms children and teens can understand and create opportunities to keep life as normal as possible.
Most pediatric hospitals have a child life department. Child life specialists have advanced education and specialized training in child development.
Child life specialists are there to
Many of these goals are accomplished through play and activities because that is how children and teens best learn and express themselves.
If you are interested in your child receiving support from a child life specialist, ask your care team.
Reviewed: June 2018