A Certified Child Life Specialist is a healthcare worker who provides developmentally appropriate interventions to infants, children, and youth during their hospital stay. These interventions may include procedure preparation, therapeutic play, coping strategies and pain management. Certified Child Life Specialists are also a very important resource for parents and siblings to turn to when in need of education, support, and guidance.
A Certified Child Life Specialist has to go through specific schooling, complete a 600 hour internship, and sit for an exam. In order to maintain certification a CCLS must also complete Professional Development Units (PDU).