The Role of the Child Life Specialist

CBCC child life specialists provide developmental, emotional and social guidance to ease the stress that children and their families face during difficult diagnoses and treatments. Child life specialists help patients understand their medical procedures and express their feelings in constructive ways.

In addition to working directly with patients and families in both the hospital and outpatient clinic settings, the CBCC child life team coordinates psychosocial services and special events:

  • Annual educational events like St. Baldrick’s connect patients and families to community resources so they can build strong support systems.
  • Hungry Bunch Teen Support Group helps adolescent and teen patients build positive friendships and a strong support system with other cancer and blood disorder patients.
  • Survivor Challenge is a safe and structured physical activity training program to help patients feel better and make regular exercise an ongoing part of their lives.
  • School Services help patients work through learning challenges caused by pediatric cancer and its treatments.
  • Camp Volente for Bereaved Siblings supports children who’ve lost a brother or sister to cancer.
  • Art Therapy is based on the idea that creative arts can heal and uses the creative process to help cancer patients cope with the stresses that come with battling life-threatening illnesses.