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March 3, 2015
March is Child Life Month!
In March, we recognize a special group at Boys Town National Research Hospital called Child Life.
The role of the Child Life Specialist is to help alleviate fears and anxieties a child may experience during hospitalization. They identify potential sources of stress, provide accurate and age-appropriate information to the patient and family members and work with the child to plan and practice coping strategies. Preparation techniques include giving hospital tours, talking with families on the phone before hospitalization and using medical play, such as playing with dolls or creating collages using medical supplies.
“Kids come to the hospital not knowing what’s going to happen, and that’s frightening to them,” said Maggie Kelly, Child Life Supervisor. “We are able to use our knowledge of child development to help them understand and give them a means of coping with fears.”
Boys Town Hospital’s patient-to-Child Life Specialist ratio allows them to see almost 100 percent of the children who receive care at the Boys Town Surgery Center. Child Life Specialist Becky Feller provides the same services for the Boys Town Inpatient Unit. By combining play and education, Child Life Specialists explain medical procedures and diagnoses in a way that children of all ages can understand, preparing them for a positive experience at Boys Town National Research Hospital.
ABOUT BOYS TOWN NATIONAL RESEARCH HOSPITALBoys Town National Research Hospital is internationally recognized as a leader in clinical and research programs focusing on childhood deafness, visual impairment and related communication disorders. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Boys Town Hospital has developed national medical programs that are now instituted in hospitals and clinics across the country.