Child Life Specialist Resume Samples

A Child Life Specialist support children and their families using child development knowledge, therapy, and psychology. The job description entails supporting children who are ill and are undergoing medical procedures. While the day-to-day duties are determined by the place the specialists work, the following are certain core tasks listed on the Child Life Specialist Resume – helping children who need medical tests, surgeries, and other medical procedures; providing emotional support; offering to counsel, participating in therapeutic play to understand the children to explain their situation; providing education to families; and planning support programs and events.

Employers seek candidates possessing a bachelor’s degree, experience working with children in a healthcare setting, and the following skills – knowledge of medical terminologies, knowledge of child development, counseling skills; strong interpersonal skills; and communication skills. Those seeking this career should earn a degree in child life, child and family studies, psychology, or child development and then work for several years in this field before reaching this position.

Child Life Specialist Resume example

Child Life Specialist Resume

Objective : As a Child Life Specialist, responsible for Evaluating a child's developmental stage, able to understand and cope with the health care environment, temperament, and emotional state. Performing miscellaneous job-related duties as requested.

Skills : Problem Solving, Team Leadership, Interpreting Data, Microsoft Office.

Description :

    1. Represented for children and families on the event planning committee.
    2. Developed a strategic plan to reduce the fear and anxiety a child experiences with the health care environment.
    3. Implemented and specialized services to best meet the individual child's needs including medical play, preparation for procedures, operations or other medical events, teaching and implementing coping strategies, providing education about disease process and treatment to both the child and their family.
    4. Identified patient and family coping strategies in daily routine and applies these strategies to assist patients and their families in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death, and loss.
    5. Educated patients, family, and staff on other techniques to aid a child in coping and insures techniques are age-appropriate for the development and emotional state of the child.
    6. Assisted in the implementation of such techniques, monitors its effectiveness, and alters the plan as necessary.
    7. Educated and prepared patients and their families for medical procedures, disease processes, and mastery of the healthcare environment using appropriate and therapeutic play activities as treatment tools.
                Years of Experience
                Experience
                2-5 Years
                Experience Level
                Level
                Junior
                Education
                Education
                Doctorate In Child Development


                Child Life Specialist Resume

                Objective : Over 2 years of experience in Implementing and specializing services to best meet the individual child's needs including medical play, preparation for procedures, operations, or other medical events, teaching and implementing coping strategies, providing education about the disease process, and treatment to both the child and their family.

                Skills : Bilingual, Administration, Inventory Management, Office And Customer Service Manager, Human Resources. Bookkeeping.

                Description :

                  1. Responsible for assessment of children's and teen's development, as well as behaviors in a hospital setting, and design a therapeutic plan to prepare and educate patients and families for hospital procedures, treatments, and new diagnoses.
                  2. Provided opportunities for normalization play, therapeutic medical play, and education on techniques to help reduce stress, anxiety, and positive coping mechanisms.
                  3. Provided support to the psychosocial and developmental needs of patients and their families as required in a Family-Centered Care strategy.
                  4. Designed and managed the building of multimodal sensory-based play space for inpatients and their families.
                  5. Created and implemented the training of the Sensory Room and mobile bedside sensory rovers.
                  6. Coordinated and co-facilitated special events for pediatric patients and their families.
                  7. Interpreted and communicated patient's perception of diagnosis and treatment as revealed through play and other means of communication, both verbal and nonverbal, to staff and family.
                Years of Experience
                Experience
                2-5 Years
                Experience Level
                Level
                Junior
                Education
                Education
                Doctorate In Child Development


                Child Life Specialist Resume

                Objective : As a Child Life Specialist, responsible for Evaluating a child's developmental stage, ability to understand and cope with the health care environment, temperament, and emotional state.

                Skills : Child Care, Organizational, Documentation.

                Description :

                  1. Integrated Child Life services by providing consultation to other health care workers regarding developmental and behavioral issues that impact on patient care.
                  2. Created, implemented, and oriented other health care staff to age-appropriate behavior reward methods to promote a patient's adaptation to treatment and encourage patient cooperation.
                  3. Created and distributed resources about child health and safety in general as needed.
                  4. Assured therapeutic and safe environments for individual and group play.
                  5. Selected, purchased and maintained the safety and cleanliness of toys, games, and other equipment used in the play areas to comply with departmental infection control policies and procedures.
                  6. Documented Child Life interventions in the patient's medical record in accordance with Geisinger policies and procedures.
                  7. Participated in record keeping of vital statistics for the Child Life Department demonstrating which Child Life services have been provided to patients.
                          Years of Experience
                          Experience
                          2-5 Years
                          Experience Level
                          Level
                          Junior
                          Education
                          Education
                          Doctorate In Child Development

                          Child Life Specialist Resume

                          Objective : Seeking a Child Life Specialist position, responsible for Assessing and interacting with patients and families using theories of Child Life, child development, family systems, and cultural background. Providing appropriate care based on the needs of the specific individual, including age.

                          Skills : Child Care, Multitasking, Problem Solving.

                          Description :

                            1. Provided and implemented therapeutic activities to help patients cope with the diagnosis and hospital environment.
                            2. Provided normalization activities to patients at the bedside and in the playroom.
                            3. Worked closely with the foundation department to receive donations for Aflac Blood Disorders and Cancer Center.
                            4. Actively served as Aflac family services team liaison for the Egleston campus.
                            5. Served on various committees within the Child Life department and Aflac family services team.
                            6. Educated, and acted as a resource for, health care professionals regarding the psychosocial issues of pediatric health care, and the impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization on patients and their families.
                            7. Developed and scheduled in-services as needed for multidisciplinary team members and community groups.
                                Years of Experience
                                Experience
                                2-5 Years
                                Experience Level
                                Level
                                Executive
                                Education
                                Education
                                GED

                                Child Life Specialist Resume

                                Objective : As a Child Life Specialist, responsible for Interpreting and communicating patient's perception of diagnosis and treatment as revealed through play and other means of communication, both verbal and nonverbal, to staff and family.

                                Skills : Child Care, Multitasking, Problem Solving.

                                Description :

                                  1. Worked in Aflac Blood Disorders and Cancer Center focusing on solid tumor and bone marrow transplant population.
                                  2. Trained and supervised volunteers and practicum students on the unit.
                                  3. Provided age-appropriate diagnosis education for new patients and families.
                                  4. Interviewed, oriented, coordinated, scheduled, and supervised Child Life volunteers in their daily work with patients in all patient care areas.
                                  5. Planned, implemented, monitored, and evaluated therapeutic play activities under the direction of assigned child life specialists.
                                  6. Supervised, maintained, and provided a safe therapeutic playroom or teen room.
                                  7. Planned, organized, and led groups related to creative expression, self-healing, and overall development.
                                              Years of Experience
                                              Experience
                                              2-5 Years
                                              Experience Level
                                              Level
                                              Executive
                                              Education
                                              Education
                                              GED

                                              Child Life Specialist Resume

                                              Objective : As a Child Life Specialist, responsible for Assessing, individualizing, and evaluating a plan of care based on family and patient physical, developmental, emotional, and recreational needs requiring occasional guidance while applying the theoretical knowledge base of child development.

                                              Skills : Detail- Oriented, Healthcare, Child Care.

                                              Description :

                                                1. Provided child life services for pediatric palliative care and hospice patients and their families in their homes.
                                                2. Initiated formalized child life practicum program.
                                                3. Facilitated and supervised practicum program.
                                                4. Participated in the development and co-facilitation of pediatric volunteer orientation.
                                                5. Participated as a member of the Speakers Bureau to provide various healthcare-related presentations to community partners.
                                                6. Reviewed candidate applications for open positions.
                                                7. Participated in interviews of candidates.
                                              Years of Experience
                                              Experience
                                              2-5 Years
                                              Experience Level
                                              Level
                                              Junior
                                              Education
                                              Education
                                              Doctorate In Child Development

                                              Child Life Specialist Resume

                                              Objective : Responsible for planning, arranging, and supervising therapeutic play activities for hospitalized children. Provide guidance and bedside assistance to children before.

                                              Skills : Microsoft Office, Child Care, Health Care.

                                              Description :

                                                1. Focused was on community education linking the medical field and the community through various partnerships.
                                                2. Coordinated special events with hospital volunteer base, provided training and supervision of volunteers in playrooms and on hospital floors.
                                                3. Created Career Awareness/Exploration sessions to expose students to the medical profession "Teengap" and presented at the Association for the Care of Children's Health National San Francisco conference.
                                                4. Supervised partnership and training between medical students and hospitalized children to emphasize the psychosocial aspects of medical care.
                                                5. Supervised volunteer program and provided recreational and educational activities for children.
                                                6. Coordinated with child life specialist regarding observation of specific patients in playroom/teen room and/or at the bedside. 
                                                7. Communicated these observations, as well as other pertinent observations, to Child Life Specialist.
                                              Years of Experience
                                              Experience
                                              2-5 Years
                                              Experience Level
                                              Level
                                              Executive
                                              Education
                                              Education
                                              GED

                                              Child Life Specialist Resume

                                              Objective : Interested in working with food access agencies or school programs that help children and families negotiate our food system and food writing. Professional experience in the field of Child Development worked with special needs children and their families in a variety of settings.

                                              Skills : Leadership, Coordinating, Patient Care.

                                              Description :

                                                1. Provided psychosocial support to patients and families in Radiology and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and previously provided support on the rehabilitation unit.
                                                2. Regularly implemented psychosocial risk assessments, procedural support, preparation and education, self-expressive activities, developmental play, sibling support, goal setting, and treatment planning.
                                                3. Assisted in developing and facilitating a bereavement support group for siblings.
                                                4. Facilitated activity groups for hospitalized children and teens to promote normalcy and socialization.
                                                5. Co-facilitated rehab specific group with Therapeutic Recreation to engage patients in self-expressive activities to promote coping and adjustment to their injuries and lengthy hospitalizations.
                                                6. Coordinated, interviewed, and supervised child life students as a member of the student committee.
                                                7. Trained, oriented, supervised, motivated, and supported volunteers. 
                                                Years of Experience
                                                Experience
                                                2-5 Years
                                                Experience Level
                                                Level
                                                Executive
                                                Education
                                                Education
                                                GED

                                                Child Life Specialist Resume

                                                Objective : As a Child Life Specialist, responsible for Educating, and acting as a resource for, health care professionals regarding the psychosocial issues of pediatric health care, and the impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization on patients and their families.

                                                Skills : Child Care, Leadership, Good Communication.

                                                Description :

                                                  1. Provided normalization, procedural preparation, and psychosocial support to children and families in the pediatric emergency department.
                                                  2. Provided support to children of adult patients throughout the hospital in the Shock Trauma Center, intensive care units, and all other areas as consulted.
                                                  3. Participated as an active member of the Pediatric Palliative Care Committee and the hospital-wide Pain Management Committee.
                                                  4. Presented in-services as needed to interns, staff in the pediatric emergency department, and hospital staff.
                                                  5. Participated in monthly Quality Assurance meetings with the pediatric emergency department leadership team.
                                                  6. Supervised a total of seven interns for seven 40-hour weeks each, and conducted related evaluations.
                                                  7. Delegated duties to volunteers during and after the assigned shift. 
                                                  8. Provided information regarding patient and family needs to volunteers.
                                                    Years of Experience
                                                    Experience
                                                    2-5 Years
                                                    Experience Level
                                                    Level
                                                    Junior
                                                    Education
                                                    Education
                                                    G.E.D

                                                    Child Life Specialist Resume

                                                    Objective : Responsible for medications, a delegation of staff tasks to ensure compliance is met, shift log, and the completion of all required paperwork and documentation on a shift.

                                                    Skills : Customer Service, Team Leadership, Communication, Time Management.

                                                    Description :

                                                      1. Reduced stress and anxiety for pediatric patients and their families by providing preparation, distraction, medical play, and promoting developmentally appropriate activities.
                                                      2. Created grief packet for the hospital, multiple legacy projects, and facilitate bereavement support for families.
                                                      3. Maintained excellent relationships with Doctors, Nurses, and Social workers in coordination child life programs.
                                                      4. Served as a liaison to Child Life Specialists mentoring students.
                                                      5. Documented professional observations, assessments, plans, and interactions in the patient medical records through our electronic medical record system (Epic).
                                                      6. Hosted and set up fundraising events and organized hospital events.
                                                      7. Provided family-centered care, advocating for patients and their families.
                                                    Years of Experience
                                                    Experience
                                                    2-5 Years
                                                    Experience Level
                                                    Level
                                                    Executive
                                                    Education
                                                    Education
                                                    G.E.D