This program at Baylor University prepares students for careers as certified child life specialists. Students will learn how to use play, preparation, education, and self-expressive activities to help children cope with stressful situations. Specialists also provide support to parents and siblings during challenging experiences. Through coursework and field experiences, the program provides students with a strong foundation in child life, child development, family theory, therapeutic play, and coping with stress.
Role of a Child Life Specialist:
Child life specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children and families in hospitals and other settings to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. They provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies, and play and self-expression activities. They also provide information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.
Work in acute and chronic illness child life programs in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings.
Work in child advocacy and parent support roles in child protective services or adoption agencies.
Support children and their families who have experienced traumatic life circumstances and health related challenges.
Where Graduates Have Gone:
National Children's Hospital
Methodist Children's Home
Cook's Children's Hospital
Scottish Rite Hospital